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Panelist Bio


Sen. Eric LaFleur
D-Ville Platte

Senator Eric LaFleur is a partner in the law firm of Mahtook & LaFleur with offices in Ville Platte and Lafayette. His focus of practice is private, commercial and public transactions. In addition, LaFleur is president and chief financial officer for a healthcare company with operates and provides health care related services to two boutique hospitals and one a long term care facility.

LaFleur was elected to an open seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999 and reelected again in 2003. In 2007, he won an open seat in the Louisiana State Senate. He was re-lected in 2011 and then won again without opposition in 2015. That senatorial district consists of approximately 140,000 people in the fol-lowing four rural parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline. During his 17 year term in the legislature, he served 16 years as a member of the Appropriations or Finance Committee. Today, he serves as Chairman of the Sen-ate Committee on Finance. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Committees on Insurance and Judiciary B. LaFleur, a French speaker, also serves as Assem-blée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) LaFleur serves on the Board of Di-rectors of the Sacred Heart Foundation, Louisiana Citizens Insurance Company, The Louisiana School for the Math & Sciences and company representative for membership in the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). He also plays saxophone with the local band, Deja Vu.

Before entering private practice, LaFleur served as a felony prosecutor under Dis-trict Attorney Harry Connick in New Orleans and for the Louisiana Department of Justice.

LaFleur is a 1982 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. He is married to the for-mer Julie Morein. Mrs. La Fleur is a Louisiana licensed Physician Assistant and works in the intensive care unit at Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. Ms. LaFleur is also a Louisiana licensed Nursing Home Administrator and currently providing pro-fessional administrative services in that field as well as management of electronic health records. They have three children, six year old, Atticus, five year old, Ame-lie, and three year old, Alistar.

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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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