WATCH: Q&A with NOLA District Attorney Candidates

By Daniel J. Erspamer
Voters in New Orleans will elect a new District Attorney this fall, and the person elected has the potential to transform the city’s criminal justice system for a generation. To get to know the candidates and where they stand on the issues, the Pelican Institute invited each qualified candidate to participate in a live PeliCast...

TAGS: cash bail, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Justice Reinvestment Task Force, Orleans Parish District Attorney, overcriminalization

Louisiana Continues Making Progress on Criminal Justice Reform

by Joshua Levine Since the passage of bold bipartisan criminal justice reforms in 2017, Louisiana’s lawmakers have continued working on this issue. The aim of these reforms were to sensibly reduce the state’s incarceration rate to improve public safety and recidivism. Louisiana currently leads the nation with 719 individuals imprisoned per 100,00 residents. Even though...

TAGS: civil asset forfeiture, Criminal Justice Reform, fines and fees

Pelican Unveils Policy Solutions to Get Louisiana Working in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Today, the Pelican Institute released its Get Louisiana Working Policy Solutions. This plan outlines reforms to key public policy areas to encourage the return of jobs and opportunity and to strengthen the state’s economy following the destruction resulting from COVID-19 and measures taken to address it. The Pelican Institute is also calling on state leaders...

TAGS: Budget, COVID-19, Criminal Justice Reform, Get Louisiana Working, infrastructure, jobs and opportunity, lawsuit abuse, legal reform, occupational licensing, re-entry ready, regulatory reform, tax reform, transportation

Louisiana Smart On Crime’s Justice Reinvestment Factsheet

By Ellen Carmichael
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.

TAGS: Criminal Justice Reform, Louisiana, Right On Crime, Smart on Crime

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

By Ben Kilpatrick
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...

TAGS: Criminal Justice Reform, Justice Reinvestment Task Force

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