Justice Reinvestment | Louisiana

Alison Lawrence 1/1/2017

Louisiana FlagIn 2008, the state redefined the mission of its sentencing commission to provide comprehensive review and recommendations on sentencing policy, community supervision and alternatives to incarceration. The commission identified technical violations that result in prison time and a decreasing parole grant rate as major contributors to the state’s rising prison population. Recommendations made by the commission have been adopted by the Legislature in 2011 - 2014. These include permitting judges to waive some mandatory minimum sentences, authorizing non-prison sanctions for technical violators, use of a risk assessment for parole release decisions. establishing earlier parole eligibility dates for some nonviolent, non-sex first- and second-time offenders and increasing the amount of earned-time and good-time inmates can earn. The sentencing commission continues work to implement reforms and recommend system improvements.

Related Legislation

HB 246 (2008) Requires the sentencing commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the state's sentencing structure, sentencing practices, probation and parole supervision, and the use of alternatives to incarceration. Requires the commission to make biannual recommendations for amendments to state law.

HB 415 (2011)

HB 416 (2011)

SB 202 (2011)

HB 1068 (2012)

HB 521 (2012)

HB 1026 (2012)

HB 994 (2012)

HB 518 (2012)

SB 94 (2013)

HB 189 (2013)

HB 442 (2013)

HB 16 (2014)

HB 210 (2014)

HB 732 (2014)

HB 743 (2014)

HB 791 (2014)

SB 532 (2014)

SB 398 (2014)

SB 203 (2014)

SB 383 (2014)

SB 399 (2014)

SB 472 (2014)

SB 473 (2014)

HCR 69 (2016)

Summaries of legislation from 2010 or newer can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.


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