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 last year to make comprehensive reforms that reduce crime and incarceration rates a reality. This was one of the most diverse coalitions we’ve seen anywhere in the country – people on the right, left, and everywhere in between looked at the results of similar reforms in South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi, and created legislation to bring data-driven reforms to Louisiana. It’s a big win for public safety.
“With Governor Edwards’ signature, today marks the beginning of the journey to removing Louisiana’s infamous distinction as the nation’s highest incarcerator, saving significant taxpayer money and improving public safety.”