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Employment and Second Chances in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | April 17, 2019
Nationally, over 625,000 people are released each year from prison. In Louisiana, over 18,000 people are released from the Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. According to DOC, 43% of…

Lent: Season for Second Chances

Scott Peyton | March 6, 2019
In most parts of the United States on March 5, it was just another Tuesday.  However, in Louisiana, most state offices, schools and local businesses were closed to celebrate Mardi…

Excessive Fines and Fees Are Hindering Reentry in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 28, 2019
Act 260 (HB 249) is one of ten bills that make up Louisiana’s 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) reforms.  The goal of Act 260 is “to ensure that criminal justice…

The Promising Fruits of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2019
On November 1, 2017, as a part of the criminal justice reforms passed by the legislature that year, nearly 2,000 individuals were to be released from Louisiana correctional facilities.…

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…

Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Criminal Justice Reform

Scott Peyton | January 8, 2019
The preamble to the Louisiana Constitution reads: “We, the people of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political, economic, and religious liberties we enjoy, and desiring to protect…

Rethinking Pretrial Justice in the Pelican State

Scott Peyton | December 19, 2018
Louisiana recently shed the title of having the highest incarceration rate in the country, and now it is time to take a look at the state of pretrial detention…

Right on Crime Welcomes New Louisiana State Director Scott Peyton

Scott Peyton | November 8, 2018
Probation and parole officers are on the front lines of criminal justice reforms. They are required to wear many hats and are faced with mounds of paperwork and large…

In Louisiana, A New Voter-Approved Initiative Requires Unanimous Juries in Criminal Trials

Scott Peyton | November 7, 2018
Last weekend we turned our clocks back one hour.  We moved back in time for a brief moment.  Today, in Louisiana, we have moved our “clocks” forward to a…
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