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Right on Crime | August 21, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatories James M. Lapeyre Jr. of Smart on Crime Louisiana and Daniel J. Erspamer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy originally appeared in The Advocate August 20, 2018.
On Aug. 8, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy sent a letter to President Donald Trump criticizing Louisiana’s 2017 package of criminal justice reforms. The letter contained a number of factual errors to support his claim that the reforms have failed to achieve the intended results.
Here are selected examples of some of the material errors in Kennedy’s letter:
Broad coalitions, including conservative, business and free-market organizations and leaders, came together to build all-too-rare consensus around a big idea that has proven to work everywhere it’s been tried. Let’s see the job all the way through and remain vigilant in seeking the highest level of accountability for proper implementation of these reforms.
The actual facts so far are extremely promising, but it’s far too early to draw conclusions. Instead, we should unite around the opportunity, clarify the facts and bring logic and analysis to assessing success or failure. It is vital that the public keep everyone accountable to the truth.