Louisiana is on its way to a criminal justice overhaul that its administration calls historical and a big step towards its highest in the world incarceration rate. Governor John Bel Edwards and the state’s district attorneys announced that it is expected to reduce the Louisiana’s prison population by 10 percent and save $78M over ten years.
The Governors hope is for Louisiana to shed its place as having the highest per capita prison population in the United States. And though this initial initiative might not drop that title, Edwards said he plans to come back in 2018 with more proposals. The legislators are also proposing to redirect $184M from, “incarceration toward “reinvestment” programs such as prisoner rehabilitation, drug counseling, and job training for offenders.” Other programs to benefit from the redirected money-crime victims and local sheriffs who would lose funding from the decrease in prisoners.