Select Page New Report: Phillips, 19 at the time he committed his crime, had the intellectual functioning of a juvenile, had a father who sexually abused him, and grew up a victim of and a witness to unspeakable physical abuse — information his trial lawyers never learned or presented to a jury.
It sends people to prison for drug, property, and other low-level offenses at an alarming clip. But the state is not without a path forward. Several reforms currently before the Louisiana legislature would help the state inch out of its incarceration and budget crisis.
They are based on the 26 recommendations the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force issued, a group the legislature charged with developing a data-driven approach to criminal justice reform. The Task Force included experts with diverse expertise and broad political views. After reviewing these five recommendations and relevant studies and practices in other states, the Fair Punishment Project has concluded that these are smart, fiscally sound, and critically important policies that the Legislature should adopt.
The five reforms are as follows. For current and future inmates serving a life sentence, the Task Force suggests parole consideration for inmates who have already served at least 30 years in prison and have reached the age of For other individuals serving long, but not life, sentences, the Task Force recommends authorizing parole consideration after 20 years of their sentence is completed and after they have reached 45 years of age.
Inmates convicted of first degree murder are not parole eligible. Prospectively eliminate life without parole sentences for juveniles JLWOPgranting parole review after 30 years. Louisiana currently has approximately people with juvenile life without parole sentences — one of the highest number per capita in the country.
Make parole eligibility changes for more serious offenses. Focus habitual offender penalties on more serious crimes.
This recommendations means that Defendants accused of simple burglary, forgery, possession of less than 2 grams of cocaine, and unauthorized use of food stamps could no longer be charged under the habitual offender enhancement.
Instead, prosecutors would be allowed to charge only those accused of more serious third time felonies under this law.
Limit mandatory minimum sentences for possession of a firearm by a felon FIP. They are based on recommendations issued by the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, a group the legislature charged with developing a data-driven approach to criminal justice reform.
They also include limiting habitual offender penalties to more serious crimes and reducing mandatory minimums for felons caught with a firearm.
After reviewing these recommendations, practices in other states, and studies on recidivism, we conclude that these are smart and critically important policies that the Legislature should adopt. For current and future inmates serving a life sentence — which in Louisiana is effectively life without parole for all but an insignificant number of inmates — the Task Force suggests parole consideration for inmates who have already served at least 30 years in prison and have reached the age of First, recidivism sharply decreases as inmates age, and older prisoners pose little risk to society.
Police rearrested no one above the age of As individuals age, their brain develops and their judgment improves. Impulsivity, aggression, and susceptibility to negative influences decrease.
Allowing earlier release for aging inmates also makes fiscal sense. The group least likely to commit crimes upon release is also the most expensive to house in prison.
Infor example, North Carolina spent nearly four times the amount on medical care for those 50 and older than it did for other inmates.
The parole board will not automatically release inmates once they hit 45 or 50 or serve thirty years in prison. And the Task Force also does not grant eligibility to those convicted of first degree murder. We neither endorse nor criticize those recommendations, except to note that they significantly minimize the risk that a person who is a danger to society will end up on the streets.
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Louisiana locks up more people per capita than anywhere else in the country -- nearly double the national average. It sends people to prison for drug, property, and other low-level offenses at an alarming clip.
This desire to lock people up and throw away the key has strained the state’s finances while.