Center for Justice

The Pelican Center for Justice is dedicated to advancing pro-freedom litigation to ensure the rights of Louisiana’s working families are protected. Aggressively litigious, anti-freedom special interests are using the courtroom to fight policy battles, which makes defending the rights of citizens all the more important. Now, more than ever, Louisiana needs liberty-focused strategic litigation, and the Pelican Center for Justice is working tirelessly to ensure the freedoms of all Louisianans are intact.

Legislative Session is Underway – Will Lawmakers Take the Path to Jobs and Opportunity?

Legislative Session is Underway – Will Lawmakers Take the Path to Jobs and Opportunity?

This week, the Louisiana Legislature convened in Baton Rouge for the first day of the 2019 session. The Pelican Institute remains hopeful that lawmakers will abandon the broken status quo and advance polices that will bring jobs and opportunity to our state. Our lawmakers must have the courage to cast out the remnants of Huey...

RIGHT ON CRIME PARTNERS WITH THE PELICAN INSTITUTE TO OFFER LOUISIANA PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SOLUTIONS

RIGHT ON CRIME PARTNERS WITH THE PELICAN INSTITUTE TO OFFER LOUISIANA PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SOLUTIONS

In partnership with Right on Crime, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute) today released a free-market agenda for smart, sensible criminal justice and public safety reforms under the organization’s policy platform, “A Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana.” Louisianans from all walks of life support policies that accomplish the goals of increasing public safety,...

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

This week, the Pelican Institute releases its “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” a road map for reclaiming Louisiana as a land of opportunity for all its citizens. This agenda is the result of months of data-crunching, research, analysis and consultation with experts from Louisiana and across the country. In crafting these solutions, our team sought to answer a...

Sen. Kennedy Gets It Wrong On Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform

Sen. Kennedy Gets It Wrong On Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform

James Lapeyre, leader of Smart on Crime Louisiana, and Daniel Erspamer, CEO of Pelican Institute, had to go on the record in an OpEd to The Advocate concerning U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s mischaracterizations of the criminal justice reforms in Louisiana. Here are just a few of the claims that he made vs. the facts: Claim:...

By Trent Hill

In Defense of Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reforms

In Defense of Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reforms

Pelican Institute's CEO, Daniel Erspamer, writes in The Hayride, about Louisiana's criminal justice reforms and why they were a strong step in the right direction. He starts by identifying possible cost savings, but also identifies the broad coalition that was involved in the efforts to begin with.

What Does Criminal Justice Reform Mean For Louisiana?

What Does Criminal Justice Reform Mean For Louisiana?

Louisiana passed and enacted a Justice Reinvestment Package, what was modeled on successful reforms in other states that have demonstrably improved public safety, reduced crime and recidivism, and also saved taxpayer money at the same time. Recently, these reforms have been in the news across the state, so we wanted to provide some clarification regarding what the...

Louisiana Ranked Worst for State Lawsuit Climate

Louisiana Ranked Worst for State Lawsuit Climate

A recent survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has identified Louisiana as the worst state in the nation for lawsuit climate. What that means is that businesses are being scared away from Louisiana by the threat of lawsuits.

By Ellen Carmichael

Louisiana’s #1 Rankings for Incarceration Is Slipping

Louisiana’s #1 Rankings for Incarceration Is Slipping

Over the course of a number of years, Louisiana has captured a ranking no state should want. #1 in terms of per capita incarceration of its citizens. This statistics has been the basis for many articles over the last few years and thankfully we may soon see the ranking slip. This is due to the...

By Margaret Viator

Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform Package Clears House & Senate

Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform Package Clears House & Senate

The criminal justice reform package that has been pushed by Louisiana Smart on Crime, Pelican Institute, LABI, Blueprint Louisiana, C100 Louisiana, and others has just passed the House and Senate, paving the way for the Governor to sign the ten bills into law.

By Ellen Carmichael

The Business Case For Justice Reinvestment in Louisiana

The Business Case For Justice Reinvestment in Louisiana

There is a solid case to be made from a business perspective for the criminal justice reform efforts in Louisiana. That is why Jay Lapeyre of Laitram LLC and John Finan of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System are featured in this video outlining the business case for criminal justice reform and justice reinvestment in Louisiana.

By Margaret Viator

Prominent Louisiana Business Leaders Push for Criminal Justice Reform

Prominent Louisiana Business Leaders Push for Criminal Justice Reform

Today, Smart on Crime Louisiana, Right On Crime, and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy released a new video making the business case for criminal justice reform in Louisiana. The video features state business leaders James M. "Jay" Lapeyre Jr. and John Finan Jr. and is being heavily promoted online throughout Louisiana.

By Ellen Carmichael

Louisiana Smart On Crime’s Justice Reinvestment Factsheet

Louisiana Smart On Crime’s Justice Reinvestment Factsheet

This year we have a critical opportunity to advance criminal justice reform in Louisiana. In that effort, Smart on Crime Louisiana has combined efforts with Right on Crime Louisiana to advance a conservative, business-led approach to be both tough and smart on crime. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation, costing taxpayers nearly $700 million per year with poor outcomes. Now is the time to act to reform our state's criminal justice system and invest in evidence-backed alternatives to incarceration for low risk offenders. Reinvestment reform packages have already passed in other states including Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi where they have effectively reduced imprisonment, saved billions, and increased public safety.

By Ellen Carmichael

Louisiana Locks Up More Nonviolent Offenders Than Neighboring States Without Achieving Lower Crime Rates

Louisiana Locks Up More Nonviolent Offenders Than Neighboring States Without Achieving Lower Crime Rates

State incarcerates violent offenders at a rate similar to other states in the South, while incarcerating nonviolent offenders at a much higher rate Louisiana’s legislative leaders and Governor John Bel Edwards are taking a top-to-bottom look at our criminal justice system, aiming for a better public safety return on taxpayer dollars. They have appointed the...

By Ben Kilpatrick