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Panelist Bio


Rep. Kenneth Havard
R-Jackson

Kenny is a life-long resident of the Felicianas. After graduating Jackson High School he attended International Technical Institute and LSU for Industrial Instrumentation & Design. He started a career in the private sector over 20 years As Manager of Engineering Sales. He traveled throughout the country interacting with many different State Governments, Port Authorities and engineering companies. In 2011 in his first political campaign he was elected with 62% of the vote to the Louisiana House of Representatives. As a Republican Kenny is committed to conservative principles and traditional family values. He currently sits on the House Commerce Committee, Health & Welfare Committee and Municipal and Parochial. He is a member of the Republican Delegation, Capital Region Delegation and Elected Committee Member of the Rural Caucus.

He is the sponsor of HB128, this session, The Privatization Review Act which would provide for legislative oversight and approval of contracts worth more than $5 million.

Among the Legislative Awards, Rep. Havard have received include the 2012 & 2013 Southwest Chamber of Commerce (Business Champion Award); the 2012 & 2013 Family Forum 100% (Outstanding Family Advocate); the 2013 Louisiana School Boards Association Outstanding Legislator Award and the 2014 Louisiana School Board Association Legislator of The Year.

Kenny is also a member of Rotary International, Lions Club, East & West Feliciana Chamber of Commerce. He also served as an appointed member of the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission and former member of the regional advisory committee for Easter Seals Foundation.

He is 43 years old and has been married to Shondell Escher Havard for 22 years. She is a public school teacher. Together they have two children, Davis and Jack. They are members of Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

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.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

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.

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