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Panelist Bio


Sharon Weston Broome
Baton Rouge Mayor-President

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." Sharon Weston Broome's journey as a public servant has spanned for over two decades. A journey that started on the Metro-Council and has recently culminated with her election as the first female elected Mayor-President of Baton Rouge-East Baton Rouge Parish.

Prior to becoming "Mayor Broome," Sharon served as a Louisiana State Representative (District 29) and a Louisiana State Senator (District 15). While in the legislature, Broome became the first female to hold the leadership position of Pro Tempore in the House and Senate. She leaves a legacy in the legislature of empowering children, families, and communities through the legislation she authored.

Over the years, Mayor Broome has been recognized for her service and leadership by a number of organizations including the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Health Freedom Coalition, the American Heart Association, Every Child Matters, Morehouse College - just to name a few.

With a B.A. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and an M.A. in Communications from Regent University, Sharon has served as an adjunct instructor at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University. In addition, Mayor Broome served for five years as a reporter for WBRZ-TV (ABC affiliate, Baton Rouge).

Faith and family are a priority for Broome. She is a member of Star Hill Church. Sharon is happily married to Marvin Broome, and they are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.

Early on in her journey, Broome was cited by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Women - Leading the Way in the Capital City." Today Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is truly leading the way in the Capital City as she encourages everyone to join her in building a "new Baton Rouge" where everyone sees the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations.

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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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