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First Step Act Crucial to National Criminal Justice Reforms, Smart On Crime Says

A statement from James M. “Jay” Lapeyre, M. Pres Kabacoff and Michael Cowan, expressing support for the proposed First Step Act, which is currently being considered by the United States Senate after it passed the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 360-59.

Right on Crime Letter to Senator Kennedy

Right on Crime sent a letter to Senator John Kennedy responding to his letter to President Donald Trump. View the letter here.

2018 Legislative Wrap Up

Following many legislative victories in 2017, criminal justice reform advocates in Louisiana faced challenges going into the 2018 legislative session. While there were numerous attempts to roll back on criminal justice reform legislation, Smart on Crime and other key supporters worked to ensure that we continued the progress from 2017. Supporters encouraged skeptics to allow these reforms (which have proven successful in 34 other states since 2007) time to work. We’ve outlined a highlights reel of what’s in, what’s out, and other good bills for criminal justice reform from Louisiana’s 2018 legislative session. View the report here.

Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Reforms First Annual Performance Report

Presented to the Louisiana Legislature,  June 2018. Read the report here.

Common Criminal Justice Reform Myths Debunked

This is your one-stop shop for all of your criminal justice reform questions. We address common concerns with hard facts, data, and projections based on other state’s experience. Read Our Fact Sheet.

Q & A From the Frontlines of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform with Eric Cochling of the Georgia Center for Opportunity

Louisiana follows other deeply conservative southern states that have seen major success with criminal justice reforms. We caught up with Eric Cochling of Georgia Center for Opportunity to get a better understanding for what improvements Louisiana can expect in the coming years.  What Louisiana Can Learn from Georgia’s Reform Experience