It may have been a short session, but it was a busy one for you, me, and all the other Louisiana criminal justice reform advocates. The Advocate’s editorial board wrote a column over the weekend in which it praised criminal justice reform proponents for the victories achieved this session.
Among those reforms earning overwhelming support were bills aimed at making Louisiana Re-Entry Ready. Getting our state Re-Entry Ready will reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and get returning citizens to work. For example, HB 77 by Representative Phillip DeVillier will lift major barriers to opportunity by allowing those on probation to check-in virtually with an officer to avoid disrupting their employment.
Another key reform to make Louisiana Re-Entry Ready is SB 354 by Senator Patrick McMath, which will require the Department of Corrections to provide an identification card to each individual upon their release. The cards will list vocational accomplishments and certifications to give returning citizens a portable resume, thus removing barriers to jobs. More returning citizens finding quality jobs equates to less recidivism and increased public safety throughout our state.
Click here to read the full recap of the legislative session victories. And share the good news with five friends today! Together, we can build a smarter, more accountable Louisiana justice system, while improving public safety and lessening the cost burden on working families across our state.