Group rallies for criminal justice reform on Capitol steps
Posted on 4/21/2017 10:13:00 AM.

A coalition called Louisianans for Prison Alternatives made their case for criminal justice reform during a rally on the State Capitol steps. Foundation for Louisiana President Flozell Daniels served as a member of the governor’s Justice Reinvestment Task Force and he’s pushing for legislation to reduce the incarceration rate and save the state millions of dollars.
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Louisianans for Prison Alternatives, criminal justice reform, legislative session

Baton Rouge lawmaker gives his views of the legislative session
Posted on 4/18/2017 3:08:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says he supports Governor John Bel Edwards’ tax reform plan, which includes getting rid of tax incentives on big corporations and reducing personal income taxes. But the Democrat says the governor’s proposals have not gained a lot of traction among Republicans and there no alternatives at this point.More
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TOPS, criminal justice reform and the gas tax are major topics for the session
Posted on 4/10/2017 3:21:00 AM.

TOPS, criminal justice reform and proposals to raise the gasoline tax are some of the big topics up for discussion as the legislative session begins today. There are bills filed that raise the minimum GPA to qualify for the TOPS scholarship. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this proposal will face fierce opposition from the legislative black caucus.
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EBR DA concerned about criminal justice reform proposals
Posted on 3/24/2017 12:58:00 PM.

District Attorneys across the state have a serious problem with some of the Governor’s proposals to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rate. That’s according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says what began as a reform for nonviolent offenders has creeped into letting violent offenders serve less time. He doesn’t believe DA’s are over prosecuting, but that other things are leading to an increased crime rate.
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Loyola law professor proposes ways to decrease state incarceration rate
Posted on 3/13/2017 5:23:00 AM.

A Loyola law professor releases a report on ways Louisiana can reduce its highest-in-the-world incarceration rate. Professor Bill Quigley says the first step is admitting there’s a problem. He says one way to solve the issue would be to let people out of jail while they’re awaiting trial.
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Bill Quigley, incarceration rate, prisons, criminal justice reform

Gov Edwards proposes reducing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent offenses
Posted on 3/2/2017 3:41:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards plans to present a criminal justice reform plan to lawmakers that looks at reducing minimum sentences for some nonviolent offenses. Edwards says the state is looking at proven strategies that have worked to reduce the prison population in other southern conservative states.
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John Bel Edwards, criminal justice reform, regular session

Gov Edwards lays out priorities for 2017
Posted on 1/11/2017 9:40:00 PM.

Stabilizing the budget, flood recovery, criminal justice reform and coastal restoration are among John Bel Edwards’ goals as he begins his second year in the governor’s office. Edwards says last year he tackled a historic budget deficit with $850 million in cuts and urging the legislature to raise taxes to protect higher education and health care. He says comprehensive tax reform is needed this year.
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John Bel Edwards, budget, flood recovery, coastal restoration, criminal justice reform

Gov. Edwards says he has priorities other than the budget
Posted on 5/5/2016 3:45:00 AM.

During the governor’s short time in office, his main priority has been the state’s massive budget deficit. But John Bel Edwards wants to address tackle other issues during his term. Edwards told the Baton Rouge Rotary Club he is committed to the creation of a high speed commuter train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
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Governor John Bel Edwards, budget deficit, Rotary Club, online education, commuter rail, criminal justice reform

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