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Safe & Fair Louisiana: A Forum on Criminal Justice Reform

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the United States. Can policymakers take steps to help lower our prison population and reduce taxpayer expense while improving public safety? Learn more about the available options from a panel of policy experts.

Panelists: Marjorie R. Esman (Executive Director, ACLU of LA) Kevin Kane (President, Pelican Institute) Judge Ricky Wicker (Louisiana Sentencing Commission). The panel will be moderated by Ashley Rodrigue of WWL-TV. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • Ann

    Great crowd, great discussion. Good to see some of our elected officials.

    January 24, 2014

  • Wanda

    The answer is yes, but the biggest problem is a common person, some one who has no legal knowledge, does not know their rights and how to navigate through the legal system, can not afford an attorney, so they take the law into their own hands. This is a huge problem! A civil suit does not afford an attorney. A public defender is overburdened and under paid. The problem leads to being locked up, and it is like a domino effect. But not the whole problem but it is an impending doom for some one who can not afford legal counsel, as I am that person in four civil suits , but have had to learn the legal system quickly to avoid fraudulent incarceration. I have broke no law , but once alleged the burden of proof falls on you.

    January 20, 2014

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