Alternative to the Prison Pipeline

Apr 26, 2017
NAMI- Ruston

Tuesday May 2nd, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority is holding the Law Enforcement and Mental Health Symposium. The symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.

Louisiana's debate over how to rework its criminal justice system is heading to state lawmakers.


A study group Thursday approved its package of recommendations for a sweeping rewrite of Louisiana's criminal sentencing laws and its approach to prisoner rehabilitation.


The effort aims to lessen Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and provide more training and treatment to reduce inmates' chances of returning to prison after release.

The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the candidates for Governor to address the state's incarceration issue.

ACLU Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman  says gubernatorial candidates are honed in on the budget and education, when the conversation needs to be about how the state can save money.  "A huge amount of money is spent incarcerating our people.  It's probably the largest in the world," said Esman.