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.
Significantly, in March, the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, a creation of Smart on Crime Louisiana’s signature legislation, will provide our legislature with recommendations for comprehensive criminal justice reform. In anticipation of these recommendations and findings, it is important to educate the community on the principles of justice reinvestment.
The attached fact sheet defines justice reinvestment, outlines the key findings and mission of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, and delineates the key solutions Smart on Crime Louisiana and Right on Crime Louisiana support.
Please feel free to share this fact sheet with decision makers, influencers, and thought leaders as we work to advocate forjustice reinvestment and effective criminal justice reform in Louisiana.
Should you have any questions, need additional information, or would like one of our subject matter experts speak to your group, please contact:
Smart on Crime Louisiana
William Booher, Interim Executive Director
Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Right on Crime Louisiana
Elain Ellerbe, State Director/Louisiana