Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: An Argument for Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws

By Margaret Viator
A new study details how Louisiana can reduce its prison population and corrections spending without lessening public safety by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders and reforming its habitual offender law.

TAGS: Bobby Jindal, Criminal Justice Reform, determinate sentencing, incarceration rate, Louisiana, mandatory minimums, Reason Foundation, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Louisiana Next in Line for Arizona Illegal Immigration Bill, and Its Consequences

By Robert Ross
Arizona’s controversial immigration law is coming to Louisiana, at least if Rep. Ernest Wooton’s (I - Belle Chasse) “Louisiana Citizens Protection Act” passes. The bill specifically targets people who hire day laborers off the streets,.

TAGS: Arizona Immigration Bill, Center for American Progress, Center for Immigration Studies, Ernest Wooton, Illegal Immigration, Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, Louisiana Citizens Protection Act, New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Paul Donnelly, Pew Hispanic Institute, Reason Foundation

New Nonpartisan Toolkit for Budget Reform

By Fergus Hodgson
Led by Louisiana’s Noble Ellington, ALEC promotes “priority-based budgeting” NEW ORLEANS, La. – The American Legislative Exchange Council has released its “State Budget Reform Toolkit,” a plan for resolving fiscal shortfalls without increased taxation, raids of rainy-day funds, or reliance on federal funds. ALEC’s toolkit comes as Louisiana faces a projected $1.6 billion deficit for...

TAGS: Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Institute for Truth in Accounting, Noble Ellington, Priority Based Budgeting, Reason Foundation, State Budget Reform Toolkit, The American Legislative Exchange Council

Jindal’s Prison Privatization Proposal Must be Properly Structured, But Can Generate Savings, Spokesman Says

By Fergus Hodgson
Corrections System the Second-Fastest Growing Part of State Budgets By Kevin Mooney While some high profile state officials have expressed skepticism toward the idea of selling off state correctional facilities, a spokesman for Gov. Bobby Jindal says the proposal can be structured to alleviate costs and “right size” state government.

TAGS: Bobby Jindal, Department of Corrections, John Kennedy, Michael Dailey, Reason Foundation, Right On Crime

TSA’s Conflict Of Interest

By Jennifer Moreale
Reason Foundation’s director of transportation policy Robert Poole offers a compelling argument for reforming airline security. His argument focuses on the conflicts of interest faced by the Transportation Security Administration. Established after 9/11, the TSA is a federal agency having both the job of screening passengers and baggage at airports and the job of regulating...

TAGS: Free Market, Privatization, Reason Foundation, Robert Poole, Transportation Security Administration