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In Defense of Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reforms
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In Defense of Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reforms

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Pelican Institute’s CEO, Daniel Erspamer, writes in The Hayride, about Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms and why they were a strong step in the right direction. He starts by identifying possible cost savings, but also identifies the broad coalition that was involved in the efforts to begin with.

Prominent Louisiana Business Leaders Push for Criminal Justice Reform
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Prominent Louisiana Business Leaders Push for Criminal Justice Reform

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Today, Smart on Crime Louisiana, Right On Crime, and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy released a new video making the business case for criminal justice reform in Louisiana. The video features state business leaders James M. “Jay” Lapeyre Jr. and John Finan Jr. and is being heavily promoted online throughout Louisiana.

Louisiana Smart On Crime’s Justice Reinvestment Factsheet
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Louisiana Smart On Crime’s Justice Reinvestment Factsheet

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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.

Remembering Kevin Kane, Founder of The Pelican Institute
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Remembering Kevin Kane, Founder of The Pelican Institute

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Kevin Kane founded The Pelican Institute in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He guided it successfully for eight years before eventually succumbing to gastrointestinal cancer on October 28th, 2016, last Friday. Obituaries and memorial statements have been published in The Advocate, The Times-Picayune, The Gambit Weekly, and on the State Policy Network website. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St., New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.

Louisiana Tailgating May Cost More This Season
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Louisiana Tailgating May Cost More This Season

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When you head to the store to load up on supplies for tailgating this weekend, you will probably find some of your party necessities cost more than last year.