Justice Reinvestment

Justice Reinvestment and Second Chances in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | January 28, 2019
If ACT 277of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Legislation from 2017 had a face, it would be that of Roderick Thomas. ACT 277 ensures that most people sentenced to life as…

Reentry programs are pathways to redemption

Elain Ellerbe | August 1, 2018
Photo by The Advocate’s Hilary Scheinuk In a recent article, Grace Toohey, criminal justice reporter for The Advocate in Baton Rouge penned these words regarding a new reentry program…

Louisiana justice reinvestment funding now available

Elain Ellerbe | July 20, 2018
Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com As a member of the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council, I attended the community Request for Proposal (RFP) information meeting held by the Louisiana Department…

Louisiana’s new incarceration ranking should not be taken lightly or for granted

Elain Ellerbe | June 28, 2018
According to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative, Oklahoma has now surpassed Louisiana as the largest incarcerator in the United States by rate. Louisiana’s fall in the…

Members named to the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council

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…

Kentucky Cannot Afford Criminal Justice Reform Fatigue

Julie Warren | January 15, 2018
This article by Julie Warren originally appeared in Lexington Herald Leader on January 12th, 2018. Gov. Matt Bevin’s Justice Reinvestment Work Group announced last month that, without reform, the state’s prison population is…

Louisiana Is Leading on Long-Overdue Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | November 20, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer, originally appeared in The Daily Signal, November 17th, 2017. Louisiana has joined the growing…

Prison Reforms Will Save Money, Make Us Safer

Elain Ellerbe | November 10, 2017
This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in Shreveport Times, November 10th, 2017. Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana has begun and it’s a marathon, not a 100-yard dash. This past…

Right on Crime in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | October 25, 2017
Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for a hearing on the interim study on criminal justice reform at the state capitol, Tuesday, October 24th. The Chairman of the study, Rep. Terry O’Donnell…

Prison Reform will Make Louisiana Safer

Right on Crime | October 19, 2017
This article by Daniel Erspamer, Right on Crime Signatory and CEO of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, originally appeared in Shreveport Times, October 17th, 2017. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve…

Louisiana Criminal Justice Reforms—Fact versus Fiction

Elain Ellerbe | October 17, 2017
On November 1, the first of the Justice Reinvestment legislation will be implemented as provided by Senate Bill 139, now Act 280, which provides changes for parole consideration and…

Unity in Diversity – Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reform Champions

Elain Ellerbe | August 1, 2017
The much needed criminal justice reforms that came out of the 2017 Louisiana Legislature were historic. One element that warrants a closer look is the diverse group of elected…
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