Louisiana's Prison Population Shrinking After A Year Of Reforms

 

The prison population in Louisiana is continuing to drop a year after the implementation of historic criminal justice reforms.

On Thursday's release of the first of what are expected to be annual reports on the impact of legislation addressing the issue, Governor Edwards called it "an exciting day" for the state.

Louisiana no longer has the highest rate of prisoners per capita, that dubious honor now going to Oklahoma.  Fewer than 33,000 people are now incarcerated in the state's prisons, the lowest number in two decades.

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