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Elain Ellerbe | March 5, 2018
At the end of 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council. The 11 council members were recently named. I am honored to have been selected by Governor Edwards as one of the members. Our charge as an inter-branch, bipartisan body includes:
In an Advocate-Baton Rouge article announcing the formation of the council, Governor Edwards was quoted:
“Now that Louisiana has started the critical and important process of reforming our criminal justice system to better protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, control costs and reinvest those savings to further improve the system, I want to make certain that the people of our state are served in the best way possible and that they have the utmost confidence in the work taking place. We have an extraordinary opportunity, and this council will help ensure we are on the right path to achieving our goals and the reforms are producing the maximum results.”
The Executive Order calls for James LeBlanc, Secretary of Department of Corrections, to serve as chair of council with other officers to be elected by and from the membership of the council. The remaining 10 members of the council with whom I will be working include:
The first meeting of the council was held recently with updates provided from the Department of Corrections on the implementation of the new laws and an overview of the implementation process being guided by the Crime and Justice Institute The DOC also provided a tentative timeline for the completion of the RFP document that will be disseminated to service providers when JRI funding is available. The next meeting of the council is set for some time in May.