LFF’s Criminal Justice Reform Progress
Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation. That means tens of thousands of families are affected every year by crime. It’s time for Louisiana to get intentional and become “Smart on Rehabilitation!” Our burgeoning prison population of 38,000 carries a $700 million price tag per year! Currently, 1 in 3 of our 18,000 “graduates” released each year will return to prison within three years.
Our hope is to see recidivism cut in half over ten years, saving nearly $25 million dollars a year. Expanding re-entry court is one way to accomplish this extraordinary goal. Programs like reentry court promote life skills, judicial oversight, and moderate sentencing resulting in effective reintegration upon release. Essential tools which change lives require a healthy balance between educational, vocational, and moral rehabilitation and life and social skills development. I’ve seen the results at work at Angola.
They work well, as you can see in this video:
The success re-entry court programs bring to the criminal justice system is exemplified in Louisiana’s own Jefferson Parish! We have a chance to change the trajectory of families on both sides of the crime equation. Instead of re-offenders, we could prepare skillful fathers, mothers, and families which thrive in society. Restored families!
LFF has stood firm that the proposed changes should focus on nonviolent crimes and offenders. The principle is not about getting soft on crime but smart on rehabilitation. Here is a summary of the justice reinvestment bills that passed in the 2017 session. LFF worked diligently with the District Attorney Association, the Department of Corrections, and numerous stakeholders to get these measures passed. A dramatic overhaul of Louisiana’s criminal justice system is evidenced in these 10 Acts signed by Gov. Edwards.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us: [email protected] – 225.344.8533 – 800.606.6470. We hope you are encouraged by the three videos below on Criminal Justice Reform, Redemption, Rehabilitation, and Reinvestment!