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State Legislature to Debate Bill Aimed at Reducing Incarceration Rate

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 in Legislation, Local Issues

The Louisiana State Legislature is scheduled to debate a number of bills today which are aimed at reducing the state's incredibly high rate of incarceration and emerged from the work of the recent Sentencing Commission. [caption id="attachment_2089" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Courtesy of attractions.uptake.com[/caption] According to recent reports, Louisiana's incarceration rate of 1 in 55 is the highest in the world. As a result, proponents of a reduction in incarceration have proposed a number of bills, some of which are designed to allow non-violent/non-sex offenders easier access to parole and speedier methods of finishing their court-imposed sentences. In addition reducing the alarming rate of incarceration in the state, these bills are also expected to provide welcome relief to state taxpayers by reducing the number of inmates necessary to be housed, fed, and cared for by state correctional facilities.

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