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System Broken: Can effective criminal justice reform come to La?

System Broken: Can effective criminal justice reform come to La?

In Louisiana, nearly 4 in 10 inmates released from prison are back behind bars within three years, and the state is spending more than $700 million annually on this broken system.  Organizers of a Criminal Justice Reform Summit said legislators, thought leaders, and others can lead Louisiana to adopt a more just and effective criminal justice system. During the summit, the public and these leaders will learn more about how reforms around the country can be effective within Louisiana’s criminal justice system to lower costs while increasing public safety.

The summit will be Nov. 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.  Topics on the agenda include:

  • Justice Reinvestment: What it is and Why it’s Critical
  • Cost Saving and Reducing Crime: Proven Successes and Testimonials
  • Linking Workforce Needs and Re-Entry: Unique Employer Challenges and Realistic Solutions

Panelists include:

  • Jay Neal, interim executive director, GA Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Stephanie Riegel, editor, Baton Rouge Business Report
  • Representative Greg Snowden, MS Speaker Pro Tempore
  • Ian D. Scott, vice president – communications and networks, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
  • Senator Danny Martiny, LA State Senate
  • Terrence Williams, Kia technician, Premier Automotive
  • Stephen Waguespack, president & CEO, LABI
  • Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc, LA Department of Public Safety & Corrections
  • Sheriff Beauregard “Bud” Torres III, Point Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Judge William J. “Rusty” Knight, 22nd Judicial District Court
  • John Hightower, vice president, East Region, Premier Automotive / Premier Collision Centers
  • Dennis Schrantz, director, Center for Justice Innovation, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Bryan Kelley, executive relations manager, TX Prison Entrepreneurship Program
  • James M. Lapeyre Jr., president, Laitram LLC

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