With Edwards’ Signature, Louisiana Lawmakers Achieve Victory for Public Safety

Syrita Bowen Louisiana, News, Uncategorized

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, applauds leaders in Louisiana for enacting bipartisan policies to increase public safety and reduce incarceration rates. Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, and 681 and Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139,  designed to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing recidivism, and increasing alternatives to incarceration.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Louisiana is showing the rest of the country how it’s done. A broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators, advocates, faith leaders, and law enforcement officials worked together over the …

Louisiana House Moves Closer To Improving Public Safety, Curbing Costs Through Justice Reforms

Syrita Bowen Louisiana, News, Uncategorized

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, praises the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing legislation proven to help reduce crime and incarceration rates. These policies have been developed through an intensive, bipartisan, stakeholder-driven process, and received broad support from both sides of the aisle. Thanks to the leadership of Representatives Walt Leger, Julie Emerson, Tanner Magee, Helena Moreno, Joseph Marino, and Stephen Dwight, House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, and 681 passed the House with strong bipartisan votes. Holly Harris, Executive Director of U.S. Justice Action Network: “Just days after a bipartisan group of Senators …

Louisiana Takes First Step on Justice Reforms That Make Neighborhoods Safer, Save Money

Syrita Bowen Louisiana, News, Uncategorized

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, praises the Louisiana Senate for passing the legislation recommended by the Justice Reinvestment Task Force. Taken together, the bills seek to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing recidivism, and increasing alternatives to incarceration. Thanks to the leadership of Sens. Donald Martiny, John Alario, and Jay Luneau, in addition to Reps. Walt Leger, Joseph Marino, Nancy Landry, and Pat Smith, Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139 passed the Senate with strong bipartisan votes. Holly Harris, Executive Director of U.S. Justice Action Network: “After years of living with the …

Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Task Force Creates Clear, Achievable Policy Priorities for Louisiana’s Legislature

Syrita Bowen Louisiana, News, Uncategorized

Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and across the country, welcomed the recommendations of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, and urged the legislature to swiftly enact these policies into law. In a report issued today, the task force called for major reforms to the state’s entire justice system, noting that after spending over $650 million on its corrections system, Louisiana’s taxpayers are not, “getting a good public safety return on investment.” The report recommends better consistency in sentencing, a focus on violent offenders, strengthening community supervision to reduce recidivism, and reinvesting a portion of the savings that result on …

MUST WATCH: USJAN and CPS Examine Groundbreaking Prison Re-Entry Program in Louisiana

James Ringland Louisiana, State Accomplishments

The U.S. Justice Action Network and the Coalition for Public Safety have released a new video examining the groundbreaking Re-Entry Court program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. **MUST READ: USJAN Deputy Director Jenna Moll – Finding Hope in an Unexpected Place: Louisiana’s Re-Entry Court** Every year, about 15,000 people are released from prison or jail in Louisiana and almost half return behind bars within five years. This video highlights the coordinated efforts of prison officials, judges, business leaders, faith leaders, and prison lifers to reverse the trend with vocational training and moral education for non-violent offenders. The program is a sign of …