Oklahoma surpasses Louisiana for highest U.S. incarceration rate
Posted on 6/21/2018 5:06:00 PM.
Louisiana no longer leads the nation for its incarceration rate.  Governor John Bel Edwards says that unwanted distinction goes to Oklahoma. “It’s not a gigantic leap, it is a very favorable movement because for the first time in decades, we can say that we don’t have the highest incarceration rate,” Edwards said.


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Justice Reinvestment Task Force releases proposals to reduce incarceration rate
Posted on 3/16/2017 11:35:00 AM.

The Justice Reinvestment Task Force commissioned by Governor John Bel Edwards releases their recommendations to reduce Louisiana’s highest-in-the-world incarceration rate. Department of Corrections Secretary James Leblanc says if enacted, these proposals would put us second in the world.

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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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Legislative Auditor's Office releases report on how to reduce incarceration rate
Posted on 9/6/2016 11:01:00 AM.

The Legislative Auditor’s Office has released a report highlights possible ways to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rate, which is the highest in the world. Karen LeBlanc with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says they looked at everything from pre- to post-incarceration. She says the state can save money by providing alternatives like diversion and specialty courts for people arrested on drug charges.

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Task force set up aimed at reducing the state's incarceration rate
Posted on 6/21/2016 12:12:00 PM.

A Justice Reinvestment Task Force has been established that will develop ways Louisiana can safely lower its prison population and reduce the cost of housing inmates. Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc says Louisiana incarcerates more residents per capita than anywhere else in the world and hopefully this task force can come up with solutions that the legislature will approve in 2017.

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Chief Justice wants to decrease Louisiana's incarceration rate
Posted on 3/15/2016 1:18:00 PM.

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the United States and Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wants to reduce the number of low level inmates, which will save the state money. Johnson says the US locks up more people than Iran, China, and Germany.

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ACLU of Louisiana asks Gubernatorial candidates to address the state's incarceration rate
Posted on 4/15/2015 12:42:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The ACLU of Louisiana is calling on the candidates for Governor to address the state's massive incarceration problem. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says we are the world's incarceration leader, jailing more people per capita than any place on earth.
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