Marvin McGraw is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Louisiana State Museum, a system of 9 national historic landmarks and architecturally significant properties housing a half-million artifacts that showcase the state’s history and culture.
Prior to joining the Museum, he served as Director of Public Relations for LSU Health, Health Care Services Division, one of the largest public hospital systems in the United States. It was the medical provider for nearly 20% of Louisiana’s population and had a $1.2B budget. The public hospital system was privatized in 2013.
Prior to joining LSU Health, he had a distinguished career in television news.
Mr. McGraw holds Bachelor of Art’s degree’s in Journalism from Louisiana State University and History from Southeastern Louisiana University. He was the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Association of Public Hospitals in 2010.
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.