April 21, 2017
Opioid policy round table
Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with non-violent offenses?
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. Its incarceration rate is nearly double the rest of the country. And while Louisiana incarcerates violent offenders at a rate comparable to other southern states, nonviolent offenders are imprisoned at a much higher rate.
A package of bills being proposed this legislative session attacks the mass incarceration problem from a number of angles.
Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with non-violent offenses? Should judges have more flexibility in sentencing? Should the state increase more opportunities for probation and parole? Should Louisiana pay sheriffs less for housing work release inmates? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Reforming Criminal Justice” Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.