Reducing Louisiana´s prison population will take creativity, political muscle, panel says

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Reducing Louisiana’s prison population will take creativity, political muscle, panel says

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                    Panel members Rep. Joseph Lopinto, far left, Judge Fredericka ‘Ricky’ Wicker, Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy and ACLU President Marjorie Esman discussed ways to reduce the state’s incarceration rate without harming public safety on Wednesday evening at UNO’s Jeffeson campus.                                             (Photo by Jacob Bielanski)

Louisiana continues to lead the world in the number of people it imprisons, a fact that brought the ACLU and the director of a conservative think tank together at University of New Orleans’ Jefferson campus Wednesday evening for a discussion of how to reduce the state’s incarceration rate, without harming public safety.

In the past two decades, Louisiana’s prison population has doubled, costing taxpayers billions of dollars. At the same time, the state’s prison industry is a thriving…

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