DAs raise concerns over one-year-old criminal justice reforms
Posted on 8/3/2018 11:17:00 AM.

The Department of Corrections is celebrating the one year anniversary of the 2017 criminal justice reforms that saw Louisiana lose its title as the incarceration capital of the world. The department says the total prison population is at a 20 year low. But President of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association Ricky Babin has concerns about who’s been let out.

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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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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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Dept. of Corrections warns without tax revenue inmates will be forced to be released
Posted on 6/8/2018 1:28:00 PM.

The Louisiana Department of Corrections is warning that unless additional tax revenue is raised by June 30th, thousands of inmates will be released. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says that’s because the department would have to cut payments to local sheriffs who house state prisoners.

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Audit finds DOC computer system is not accurate in reporting where offenders are or when they are to be released
Posted on 11/1/2017 12:16:00 PM.
On the day Louisiana is releasing 19-hundred non-violent offenders, a state audit finds the Department of Corrections is not able to track offenders or know their exact release date. They found 11% of offenders were at another facility other than what was reported in their computer system. Another 19% had at least one error in their record. Auditor Kristen Jacobs says the DOC does not have hard and fast policies which lead to improper reporting by local facilities.
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ACLU argues state Department of Corrections hair length policy violates religious freedoms
Posted on 7/5/2017 11:48:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments today in the case of a Rastafarian inmate with dreadlocks who doesn't want to cut his hair as prison rules state because it goes against his religious beliefs. 
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DOC investigating whether incarcerated rapper released new song while in jail
Posted on 3/30/2016 11:34:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Did rapper C-Murder, who is severing life at Angola for killing a 16-year-old, record a rap song from prison? Authorities say the video for a new single, “Dear Supreme Court” appears to have been put together following Corey Miller’s conviction, not before.
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Louisiana prison population declining
Posted on 4/1/2015 11:43:00 AM.
The prison population in Louisiana is going down for the first time in years. Secretary of Corrections Jimmy LeBlanc told the House Appropriations Committee that from 2006-2009 the state added about 1200 new prisoners a year. 
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Commission looking at death penalty costs
Posted on 9/26/2014 5:29:00 AM.
New Orleans Senator JP Morrell leads a new study commission trying to determine how much Louisiana agencies spend on the death penalty.  Morrell, a Democrat, says the idea came to mind when the current combination of drugs used for lethal injection became unavailable and seeing what happened in other states.

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Louisiana lawmaker wants to bring back the electric chair
Posted on 2/26/2014 11:03:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Legislation that would bring the electric chair back to Louisiana for executions will be discussed in the upcoming 2014 session. Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto is proposing House Bill 328. He says lethal injections could still be used in capitol punishment, but the Department of Corrections has had problems getting the drug.
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