New Study Calls on Louisiana to Change Sentencing Laws

Post Date: October 30, 2013

Louisiana Sign(Associated Press) — A new study by right-leaning policy organizations recommends that Louisiana shrink its prison population and costs by repealing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes.

The groups suggest that Louisiana could maintain public safety, while also reducing a per capita incarceration rate that is the highest in the nation, by making changes to the habitual offender law and locking up fewer people for nonviolent offenses.

The Reason Foundation, a libertarian organization based in California, made the suggestions Tuesday along with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, a conservative organization based in Louisiana. Read more