Louisiana Corrections Secretary defends criminal justice reforms
Posted on 8/6/2018 9:43:00 AM.
The President of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, Ricky Babin, says the criminal justice reforms approved over a year ago, has led to the release of five men who have been since rearrested and charged with murder. But the head of the state’s corrections department, Jimmy LeBlanc, says the reforms need time to get established.
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Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says AG Jeff Landry is pointing fingers for political gain
Posted on 7/25/2018 2:05:00 PM.

Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc is speaking out against Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s accusations that the Edwards Administration is stonewalling efforts to continue executions in Louisiana. Executions have stopped since the legislatively approved drugs ceased production in 2010.

LeBlanc says before releasing a letter to the media, Landry had been dead silent to him on the issue.
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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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Report: Louisiana's prison population has one of the largest declines in the country
Posted on 5/23/2018 11:00:00 AM.

A Marshall Project report shows Louisiana saw its largest drop in prison population in a decade between 2016 and 2017. The 1,943 person decrease is a 5.4 drop in the total population, one of the biggest drops in the nation.

State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says it’s a testament to recent criminal justice reforms.
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State prison reform goes into effect, some sheriffs are concerned
Posted on 11/1/2017 3:00:00 AM.

Over 1,900 prisoners will be released today as part of the state’s criminal justice reform legislation enacted this year. The Edwards Administration says this will lower the highest incarceration rate in the country and also produce better outcomes for non-violent offenders. Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan doesn’t see how releasing inmates will lead to better public safety.

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Department heads urge lawmakers not to cut their budgets
Posted on 5/3/2017 5:43:00 AM.

Leaders of state agencies are urging lawmakers not to cut their budgets, as the spending plan heading to the House floor is $237 million less than the governor’s budget proposal. The Louisiana Department of Health is facing a $235 million cut. Secretary Rebekah Gee says that means programs like school-based health centers, Zika defenses, and in-patient psychiatric treatment would be eliminated.

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LeBlanc reappointed to head the state's prisons
Posted on 1/6/2016 12:10:00 PM.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has reappointed Jimmy LeBlanc as secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. LeBlanc says he and Edwards are on the same page when it comes to reducing Louisiana's prison population.  

He says progress has been made in reducing the state's incarceration rate.
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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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