Victor White, Sr. Counselor, Cenla Community Awareness Program, Pineville
Victor White, Sr. MA, LAC, CCS, is Pastor of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church of Alexandria, La and Executive Director of Cenla Community Awareness Program Inc. of Alexandria, La for the past 10 years.
He is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and for the past 20 years, has worked in Drug Courts, residential Inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, Social, Medically Supported Detox and Medical Detox units in Louisiana.
He received his Master of Arts in Student Personnel Counseling from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La in 2004.
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.