Alfreda Tillman Bester, J.D. General Counsel, Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP
Alfreda Tillman Bester is the principal Attorney with Tillman Bester & Associates, LLC, a law firm located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently serves as Host of “Perspective”, a weekly community interest talk show. Ms. Bester served as Louisiana Secretary of Labor from 1991-1992 and
Undersecretary of Labor from 1989-1991. She is the publisher, editor and founder of Perspective News Magazine, LLC and serves as General Counsel to the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP.
Ms. Bester is a cum laude graduate of Southern University Law Center and holds a Master of Business Administration from McNeese State University and a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Greater Baton Rouge; former Chairperson of the Sponsoring Committee of the Urban League of Greater Baton Rouge; The Baton Rouge Area YWCA’s 1992 Young Woman of Achievement; 1994 Business Report 40 Under 40; and formerly served on the Boards of Directors of EQ Health Solutions, the YWCA, Battered Women’s Program, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, and the Louisiana Council on Child Abuse.
She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. Bester is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also held memberships in the Louisiana Association for Justice, National Association for Home Care, and the National Association of Female Executives.
She is a member of New St. John Baptist Church and was the Young Adult Sunday School Teacher at Mount Zion First Baptist Church for twelve years. She and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of one adult son, Christopher.
Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.
Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.