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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regular session, legislation, JP Morrell, criminal justice, jury, Pete Adams

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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John Bel Edwards, Pete Adams, Walt Leger, criminal justice

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.
criminal justice, walt leger, john bel edwards

Governor signs Ban the Box bill today
Posted on 6/8/2016 5:37:00 AM.

The governor is signing the Ban the Box bill into law today. The measure would prohibit state employers from asking about criminal history until the interview process. Executive Director for the US Justice Action Network, Holly Harris, says they’re excited to see this legislation pass with bipartisan support, because Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world and in serious need of criminal justice reform.
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Holly Harris, Ban the Box, criminal justice

Bill to require parole hearings for teen killers fails to pass
Posted on 6/7/2016 5:12:00 PM.

A bill that failed to make it out of the final hours of the regular session would have given convicted teen killers serving life sentences parole hearings after 30 years in prison. The bill was a reaction to a Supreme Court ruling that says convicted minors cannot be sentenced to life without the chance for parole. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says it’s unfortunate they couldn’t pass this measure.
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Danny Martiny, parole hearings, criminal justice



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