Louisiana Public Square: Reforming Criminal Justice

Airs Sunday, June 4, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. Its incarceration rate is nearly double the rest of the country. And while Louisiana imprisons violent offenders at a rate comparable to other southern states, nonviolent offenders are imprisoned at a much higher rate.
A package of bills being proposed this legislative session attacks the mass incarceration problem from a number of angles. Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with nonviolent offenses?
Should judges have more flexibility in sentencing? How can the state reduce its prison population and still protect public safety? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Reforming Criminal Justice.”

Our panelists are (left to right):
•    Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections
•    Alanah Hebert, Deputy General Counsel, La. Supreme Court
•    M. “Bo” Duhe’, District Attorney, 16th Judicial District
•    Elain Ellerbe, State Director, Right on Crime
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, host the program.