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The Nexus Between Workforce Development and Criminal Justice in Louisiana
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The Nexus Between Workforce Development and Criminal Justice in Louisiana

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With the coming expansion in the energy, manufacturing, and construction sectors and an aging population, Louisiana’s impending labor shortfall can only be exacerbated by excluding a large section of the prospective workforce: ex-offenders.

How Louisiana Can Get Smart on Crime
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How Louisiana Can Get Smart on Crime

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Conservative states like Texas and Georgia have taken steps to steer nonviolent offenders away from prison, emphasize rehabilitation over jail time, and reduce penalties for many drug and property crimes.

New Report Explains Why Globalizing Louisiana’s Natural Gas Revolution Makes Economic and Environmental Sense
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New Report Explains Why Globalizing Louisiana’s Natural Gas Revolution Makes Economic and Environmental Sense

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Exporting U.S. natural gas could achieve the dual benefits of global climate-change mitigation and local/national economic development.

Pelican Institute-R Street Report Calls for Careful Oversight of RESTORE Act
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Pelican Institute-R Street Report Calls for Careful Oversight of RESTORE Act

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Louisiana faces real vulnerabilities and cannot afford to see funds misused on projects that do not advance the act’s goals. This opportunity to accomplish something good out of the BP disaster should not be squandered.

Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: An Argument for Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws
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Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: An Argument for Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws

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A new study details how Louisiana can reduce its prison population and corrections spending without lessening public safety by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders and reforming its habitual offender law.