Louisiana's Prison Population Shrinking After A Year Of Reforms

Press conference to unveil the first Justice Reinvestment Initiative Performance Report

WATCH: Gov. John Bel Edwards will be joined by Jimmy Leblanc, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Corrections, Mike Cazes, Sheriff West Baton Rouge Parish, and other leaders to unveil the first performance report of the reform efforts as a result of the bipartisan Justice Reinvestment Initiative signed into law in 2017. #lagov #lalege #criminaljusticereform #cjr #cjreform #JRI

Posted by Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday, June 28, 2018

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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