Governor Edwards to meet with President Trump to discuss criminal justice reforms
Posted on 8/7/2018 7:39:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to New Jersey on Thursday to discuss criminal justice reform with President Donald Trump. Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo says the invite comes a year after statewide reforms led to a promising reduction in prison population.
 
"They obviously have a plan to pursue some form of criminal justice reform on the national level and with Louisiana having been one of the most recent to enact these reforms, just want to get an idea on how we did it," Carbo said. 
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Sen Kennedy calls on parole board to reject convicted murder's appeal
Posted on 3/15/2018 3:08:00 AM.

US Senator John Kennedy is urging the pardon board not to grant a medical furlough today to convicted killer Clyde Giddens’, who was convicted in the brutal murder of Urline Bamburg in Red River. Giddens was sentence to life in prison in 1964 after pleading guilty. Kennedy says the crime is so grotesque that Giddens does not deserve a second chance.
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Gov Edwards says criminal reform is working, Sen. John Kennedy disagrees
Posted on 11/28/2017 12:41:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards participated in a criminal justice reform event organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. The Edwards Administration helped passed ten new laws allowing for the early release of non-violent prisoners. Nearly two-thousand were released last month. Edwards says he kept his campaign promise to lower the jail population.
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Gov. Edwards met with Sheriff Prator to discuss misinformation about criminal justice reform
Posted on 10/19/2017 3:56:00 AM.

In a couple of few weeks, hundreds of inmates will be released in Louisiana as a result of a criminal justice reform package signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator voiced concern that violent criminals will be released early without proper rehabilitation. But Edwards says Prator didn’t have the best information.
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1,400 inmates set to be released next month as a result of criminal justice reform measures
Posted on 10/11/2017 2:41:00 AM.

As a result of criminal justice reform measures passed in the latest legislative session, 1,400 inmates in Louisiana will be released early from prison in November. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said last week that some extremely dangerous criminals could be back on our streets. But Criminal Justice Reform Field Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center John Burkhardt says that isn’t true.
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Caddo Sheriff concerned criminal justice reform laws will release dangerous felons next month
Posted on 10/5/2017 12:07:00 PM.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator is extremely concerned that criminal justice reform measures passed during the last legislative session will allow for the release of some extremely dangerous criminals in November. Prator says 192 felons will be released early from prison next month in Caddo Parish. He says Louisiana does need some reform but,
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Drug felons will soon be eligible for food stamps
Posted on 6/7/2017 4:49:00 AM.

Drug felons will soon be eligible to receive food stamps upon their release from jail. In the 90s, offenders with drug related charges were barred from the program for one year after their release. The bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno lifts that ban. 

 
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Criminal justice reform bills heading to governor's desk
Posted on 6/6/2017 11:23:00 AM.

Bills seeking to reform the state’s criminal justice system are heading to the governor’s desk. The measures implement sentencing reform for some offenders and offer parole eligibility for more inmates. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala spoke in opposition because he says the state’s high incarceration rate is driven by crime.
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House to take up three criminal justice reform bills
Posted on 6/5/2017 3:49:00 AM.

Today the House takes up three Senate bills aimed at implementing criminal justice reform lawmakers promised to deliver during the session. The measures would provide parole eligibility for more prisoners and reduce sentences for first-time offenders. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says he understands it’s a hard vote because everyone wants to be tough on crime.
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Legislature nearing the halfway point of the fiscal session
Posted on 5/7/2017 7:48:00 AM.
We’re nearing the halfway point of the legislative session, and the legislature still has a long way to go. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says lawmakers tend to be most productive as they get closer to a deadline. The session ends June 8th and Dubos says most of the work will likely get done in the final two weeks.
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