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Jindal announces partnership to reform criminal justice system

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 4:30pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) – Governor Jindal held a press conference this morning to announce that Louisiana was selected for a new partnership with The Pew Center on the States’ Public Safety Performance Project, which will fund research on Louisiana’s criminal justice system. The study will help develop a set of policies to reform the system.

“With this partnership we’ll have a better understanding of what policies work, and which ones won’t so we can do an even better job of decreasing recidivism in Louisiana,” Gov. Jindal said. “I’m proud that our state was selected by Pew because of the progress we have already made in streamlining our judicial system.”

Right now, Lousiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. The Jindal administration is hoping to curb that problem.

The Pew Center plans to fully fund research on Louisiana's Criminal Justice System. In 2011, they'll look into the major factors that send repeat offenders back to state prisons and the driving costs of the system. Then, they'll compare the sentencing policies with practices used around the country. Mainly, the goal of the research is to get violent offenders off the streets for good, while making sure taxpayers get the best return on their dollar.

Governor Jindal says the Pew Center will be in Louisiana compiling research throughout 2011. He expects some of their initial recommendations to be made by this year's legislative session.

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