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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.

Louisiana Locks Up More Nonviolent Offenders Than Neighboring States Without Achieving Lower Crime Rates
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Louisiana Locks Up More Nonviolent Offenders Than Neighboring States Without Achieving Lower Crime Rates

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State incarcerates violent offenders at a rate similar to other states in the South, while incarcerating nonviolent offenders at a much higher rate Louisiana’s legislative leaders and Governor John Bel Edwards are taking a top-to-bottom look at our criminal justice system, aiming for a better public safety return on taxpayer […]

How Justice Reinvestment Can Benefit Louisiana
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How Justice Reinvestment Can Benefit Louisiana

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To free up funds, states pass measures that focus their prison beds on serious violent offenders, and reinvest a portion of the savings into evidence-backed prison alternatives.

Why Conservatives Are Embracing Criminal Justice Reform
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Why Conservatives Are Embracing Criminal Justice Reform

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Our neighbors have paved the way: now Louisiana is positioned to engage in a substantive effort to improve its criminal justice system and to yield the benefits that so many other states are enjoying.

Louisiana Equal Pay Bill Could Have Unintended Consequences
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Louisiana Equal Pay Bill Could Have Unintended Consequences

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While preventing pay discrimination is a laudable goal, legislators should consider the various factors contributing to the wage gap and the possible unintended consequences of the law before approving this bill.