Logan Kinamore is a full-time pre-medical student at Louisiana State University and tireless harm reductionist. He is the Executive Director of No Overdose Baton Rouge which he founded in December 2013.
His work with NO OD BR seeks to affirm the dignity of people who use drugs by providing them with life preserving resources in a judgment-free context. This work has included direct, street-level outreach and policy advocacy.
Mr. Kinamore was instrumental in the passage of SB 422, Louisiana’s first harm reduction law, in the 2014 legislative session.
He has made numerous appearances in local print and broadcast media, consistently arguing for sensible, humane, evidence-based drug policy.
Logan enjoys the company of the best roommate in the world, his dog Lucia.
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.