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01/07 - Louisiana Speaks: Our Voice. Our Plan. Our Future (Special Presentation)

What can we so to help shape the future of land use, transportation, economic policy, housing, and wetland loss?

Want to help shape the future of land use, transportation, economic policy, housing, and wetland loss in Louisiana? For the past year, some of the best regional planners in the world have come to the Bayou State to gather hard data and talk with local residents and leaders about how these issues can best be addressed. See the fascinating results of this research and find out the benefits - and consequences - of pursuing alternative futures. You'll get to vote on specific options that will affect every citizen's future.

Louisiana Speaks: Our Voice, Our Plan, Our Future wants to know what you think the future of South Louisiana should be. LPB is airing a special documentary on the major issues facing the state and possible changes that could help make our future brighter. The documentary aired on Wednesday, January 24 at 7PM, Friday, January 26 at 7PM and Sunday, January 28 at 4PM. It repeats Monday, February 5th, at 9:00 pm. & Friday, February 9th, at 4:00 pm on LPB PLUS. It is available online, as well. There is a list of proposals in four areas and you have a chance to give your opinion about what is the best alternative.

Hosted by Lynn Whitfield The subjects are:

* Coastal protection and Restoration
* Community development and Transportation
* Safety
* Economic Development

Online polling will run from January 22 through February 10 on the Louisiana Speaks website (http://www.louisianaspeaks.org).and there will also be an 800 number for you to take the poll. You can also access the site through the LPB website (http://www.lpb.org). Ads containing ballots will also be placed in newspapers around the state and it will be in the LPB e-newsletter in January.
NOTE: The January Public Square will air one week later than usual, on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm. The program airs on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm, on Friday, January 26, ans on Sunday repeat January 28th at 4 pm. Repeats Monday, February 5th, at 9:00 pm. & Friday, February 9th, at 4:00 pm. on LPB Plus.

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LPB acknowledges the assistance provided to the producers of "Louisiana Speaks" by the LSU Center for Computation and Technology. The Center graciously allowed a portion of its film "Katrina Revealed" [(c)Louisiana State University 2006] to be used in the production of "Louisiana Speaks." Thanks to the creative team of Werner Benger, Shalini Venkataraman, Amanda Long and Stephen David Beck, from the Center for Computation & Technology at LSU.

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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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