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 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