Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Louisiana's de-incarceration reforms

From a sidebar to a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, here's a summary of the just-passed sentencing reforms from the Bayou State aimed at reducing their nation-leading incarceration rate:

1 comment:

Soronel Haetir said...

You see this list and wonder why people who support execution are so leery of dropping it as an option in favor of life without parole. The entire point of LWOP is that offender was judged to have committed a serious enough offense that they are not deserving of even a hearing to later plead their case that they have changed. I find it very disturbing that the La. legislature would turn its back on such a promise to the people. To say that someone sentenced to spend the rest of their life in prison could have a hearing that the people were promised would never be available after as little as 10 years is madness. I don't find it particularly relevant that they are limiting the set of eligible offenders today, without blow-back over such a provision the set will only expand.