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Protecting Public Safety and Reducing Costs in Louisiana

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“Without education, job skills, and other basic services, offenders are likely to  repeat the same steps that brought them to jail in the first place. This not only  affects the offender, but families and our communities as well. This is a problem that needs to be addressed head‐on.” ‐‐‐ Gov. Bobby Jindal, March 18, 2009

Louisiana’s Corrections Challenges 
In  2011, when Louisiana announced a partnership with the Pew Center on the States to study the drivers in the state’s prison population, the announcement was supported by Governor Bobby Jindal, Senate President Joel Chaisson, House Speaker Jim Tucker, and Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Hal Turner. These leaders understand that Louisiana taxpayers are  spending hundreds of millions on their prisons. They further understand that in 2009, one in every 55 Louisianans was in prison or jail, the highest incarceration rate in the U.S. Nevertheless, despite high incarceration rates and corrections costs, the state has one of the worst violent crime rates in the country, and in fact, in 2010, Louisiana had the country’s highest murder rate—only Washington, DC ranked higher. Moreover, in 2009, the five‐year recidivism rate in Louisiana was about 48%.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REPORT ON HOW LOUISIANA POLICYMAKERS CAN ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND CONTROL COSTS

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  • I haven’t read the report yet, but I would venture to say that the “lock ’em up, throw away the key” philosophy is not working.  I will also step out on a limb and say that there needs to be more focus on rehabilitation (i.e. GED attainment, job skills, therapy, etc.).  They need to take a cue from the Europeans; you know, those socialist countries that are ahead of the US on virtually everything.