Daniel Albert Claitor is a Baton Rouge attorney and a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate. He defeated fellow Republican Lee Domingue, a Baton Rouge businessman, in a special election held on April 4, 2009, for the District 16 seat vacated by Republican U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy.
Senator Claitor is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and also serves on the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
Claitor was born and reared within the boundaries of his Baton Rouge senatorial district. His family operates Claitor's Bookstore. Claitor's formal schooling began at the age of three in the preschool of the Department of Home Economics at Louisiana State University. He graduated in 1979 from Robert E. Lee High School and then returned to LSU to complete in 1983 a bachelor of science degree in finance. Claitor obtained his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans. In 1987, Claitor was named as an assistant district attorney for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office.
Claitor entered private practice in Baton Rouge in 1990. He and his wife, the former Sharmaine Leblanc, have two sons, Sam and James Claitor.
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.
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