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Carl Redman
Guest Moderator

Carl Redman is former executive editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge. Before retiring from the news business in 2013, Redman worked as a reporter, editor and news executive during a nearly 40 year career that took him to newspapers across the state. During his career, particularly during more than 32 years with Louisiana's capital city newspaper, Redman established a reputation as a thorough, tough journalist and a tireless proponent of open government and the public's right to know.

Redman was executive editor of The Advocate from January 2007 until May 2013, when The Advocate was sold to businessman John Georges, who brought in a new top management team. Redman retired a few weeks after the sale was complete. Prior to taking the helm as executive editor, Redman was The Advocate’s managing editor for more than five years, overseeing day-to-day operations of the news department. Before being named managing editor in October 2001, Redman spent nearly 17 years with the paper’s Capitol news bureau, spending most of that time managing a team that covered state government and politics.

Although he was born in Baton Rouge, Redman grew up mostly in the New Orleans area. He began his career in journalism in 1974 after receiving his master of arts degree in history from the University of New Orleans. Redman started out working for weekly newspapers in the New Orleans area. He worked for daily newspapers in Slidell, Alexandria and Shreveport before joining the staff of the Morning Advocate in 1980. Initially a member of the Morning Advocate’s city staff, Redman covered city government and higher education. He also wrote extensively on business, finance and the Louisiana economy.

In 1985, Redman moved to The Advocate’s Capitol News Bureau to cover higher education. He became Capitol Bureau chief in early 1988. After serving as bureau chief for more than 10 years, Redman returned to his first love -- full-time reporting and writing -- in June 1998.

Redman wrote a weekly column on Louisiana politics and state government in the Sunday Advocate from 1988-2003.

Redman testified on freedom of information issues before legislative committees many times in recent years.

Current Topic

     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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