Louisiana enacted three new prison reform laws in May 2012, including one that gave prosecutors discretion to waive mandatory minimum prison terms for non-violent, non-sex offenses.

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

June 9, 2015

Marijuana Penalties Softened by Louisiana Legislature; Bobby Jindal Expected to Sign

(Nola.com) — A proposal taking steps to reduce Louisiana’s exceptionally harsh criminal penalties for possession of marijuana is headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s desk, and the governor has said he’ll sign it. The legislation (HB 149) is a compromise between state lawmakers, who have tried for years to reform marijuana sentencing laws; law enforcement lobby groups, who acknowledged some… Read more »

May 20, 2015

Marijuana Possession Shouldn’t Lock People Away for Decades

(NOLA.com) — Louisiana’s harsh approach to marijuana possession is destructive for families and costly for the state. Under current law, someone caught with a small amount of marijuana for a second time faces up to five years in prison. On third offense, the sentence can be up to 20 years — which is dramatically more… Read more »

April 16, 2014

Sentencing Won’t Fix Heroin Woes

(Shreveport Times Column by Greg Newburn) — In response to a rash of fatal heroin overdoses, the Louisiana House of Representatives recently passed HB 332, which would double the mandatory minimum sentence for heroin distribution, from five years to 10, and create a new mandatory minimum sentence of two years for heroin possession. The problem to… Read more »

March 20, 2014

For Criminal Sentencing, a Conservative Alternative

(The Advocate (Louisiana) Column: Quin Hillyer) — Lock the door and throw away the key. Or maybe not. For decades, the let-’em-rot approach was how conservatives nationally and in Louisiana typically addressed issues of crime and punishment. But for less serious offenses, a growing conservative backlash has rallied support for more creative, constructive policies. Louisiana legislators,… Read more »