Gov. Edwards To Talk Criminal Justice Overhaul In Washington

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials are heading to Washington to talk about the state's efforts to revamp the criminal justice system and lessen its top-of-the-nation incarceration rate.

The Democratic governor will speak at a Pew Charitable Trusts' event Tuesday. He'll be joined by Deputy Assistant Corrections Secretary Natalie LaBorde; Republican state Rep. Tanner Magee, a sponsor of the legislation; and Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.

The group will discuss bills passed this year that expand probation and parole opportunities and shrink sentences, mainly for non-violent offenders. The changes also bolster spending on programs to help people who leave prison so they don't reoffend.

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The legislation won bipartisan support, but it has been controversial.

Pew provided nonpartisan data analysis and technical assistance for the overhaul effort in Louisiana.


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