Dr. Rebekah Gee is the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals for the state of Louisiana. She is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Gee has served as chair or co-chair of several national committees on maternity quality and prematurity reduction for CMS, HRSA and ACOG. Dr. Gee is the health policy resident expert for the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Board of Health Care Services.
She is the recipient of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs 2012 State Leadership in Maternal and Child Health award for her work on improving birth outcomes. In 2014, Dr. Gee received the Woman of the Year award from New Orleans City Business, was recognized as a "40 under 40" leader for New Orleans, a Louisiana "Healthcare Hero", and received the American Medical Student Association "Women in Leadership" award. Dr. Gee is clinically active and is caring for patients at LSU. She lives in New Orleans and is the mother of five energetic children.
The Secretary provides leadership and technical support services, while maximizing resources, in order to fulfill the mission of the Department.
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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