Louisiana seeks more effective sentencing; partners with Pew Center

BY Jon Mosher on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The Times-Picayune reports the state of Louisiana is partnering with the Pew Center on the States in an effort to reduce the state's overall prison population, and reduce recidivism. The project comes as the state, like so many others across the nation, is facing a major budget shortfall; in Louisiana's case, $1.6 billion.

With this announcement, supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana joins Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Oklahoma as states that are ready to address the "astronomical growth in the prison population, with its huge costs in dollars and lost human potential." State governments cannot spend their way out of this problem. NLADA hopes Louisiana's partnership with the Pew Center on the States produces concrete solutions.

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