Staunch conservatives announce support for unanimous jury ammendment
Posted on 8/30/2018 2:56:00 AM.

The Republican Judiciary PAC is backing a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot that would require unanimous jury verdicts in all criminal cases. It’s yet another conservative organization who’s backing what was legislation that began with one of the Capitol’s most liberal lawmakers. Erath Representative, Republican Blake Miguez says he’s backing the amendment and hopes other right leaning voters will as well.
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Blake Miguez, unanimous jury, law, courts, criminal justice, Louisiana, conservative, 2018

Edwards administration: Savings from 2016 criminal justice reforms exceeding expectations
Posted on 7/10/2018 5:33:00 AM.

The governor's office says the state saved 12-million dollars last fiscal year as a result of the criminal justice reforms approved in 2017. Louisiana Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says 70% of those savings will be reinvested into programs to reduce recidivism and support victims. 
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Department of Corrections, Jails, Criminal Justice, Jimmy LeBlanc, Louisiana, 2018

Corrections gets a mixed bag under budget deal
Posted on 6/27/2018 5:45:00 AM.

Most state agencies survived the special session without a cut, but the Department of Corrections was not so lucky. Construction and repair projects were put off once again, leading to concerns from department officials that the facilities used to house inmates could be running low on time.
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Department of Corrections, Jails, Criminal Justice, Jimmy LeBlanc, taxes, budget, Louisiana, 2018

LSU survey finds support for criminal justice reform and Medicaid expansion
Posted on 4/15/2018 3:28:00 PM.

An LSU Public Policy Research Lab survey finds a majority of Louisiana residents support two of Governor John Bel Edwards' major policy issues – criminal justice reform and Medicaid expansion. Of those surveyed, 61%  say they support the sweeping changes made last year.
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LSU Survey, Medicaid expansion, criminal justice, Michael Henderson, John Bel Edwards

Governor Edwards opposes arming teachers in the classroom
Posted on 3/23/2018 10:19:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says he does not like the idea of arming teachers in the classroom. Edwards says he's speaking with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association and State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves on a comprehensive school safety program.
John Bel Edwards, armed teachers, constitution convention, criminal justice

Bill requiring unanimous juries for felonies passes Senate committee
Posted on 3/20/2018 4:39:00 PM.

A Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would allow citizens to vote on whether Louisiana should require unanimous juries for felony convictions. Currently, only 10 of 12 jurists are needed to convict someone of a felony, making Louisiana and Oregon the only two states that do not require a unanimous jury. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says our current laws aren’t making people any safer in one of the most crime ridden states in the nation.
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Agreement reached on criminal justice reform package
Posted on 5/16/2017 4:36:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards announces an agreement on a criminal justice reform package that seeks to lower the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. Edwards says the plan will reduce the state’s prison population over the next decade by 10 percent.
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Louisiana Survey finds broad support for criminal justice reform
Posted on 4/4/2017 10:38:00 AM.

Most Louisianans support criminal justice reform, according to the 2017 Louisiana Survey. According to the poll from the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, 75 percent of voters support shorter sentences for non-violent crimes.
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Michael Henderson, LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Louisiana Survey, criminal justice

Sen Martiny backs criminal justice proposals
Posted on 3/31/2017 4:21:00 AM.

The Governor has released his comprehensive criminal justice legislative package that lawmakers will debate in the regular session that begins April 10. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny will attempt to push several of the proposals through the legislature. Martiny says in an effort to lower the state’s massive prison population they’ll seek to expand alternatives to incarceration.
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Danny Martiny, criminal justice, incarceration, recidivism

Criminal Justice reform recommendations now in the hands of lawmakers
Posted on 3/17/2017 2:48:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Now that the governor has released his plan for how he'd like to see criminal justice reformed in Louisiana, the recommendations are now in the hands of lawmakers. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger is a member of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force. He hopes the legislature realizes that this plan is one that actually fights crime.
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