With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.
Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country and Governor John Bel Edwards has committed to reducing the state's prison population by 5,000 during his term. During the 2016 legislative session, the legislature passed a variety of bills that will help it achieve this goal. First, the state passed a measure to allow those convicted of a non-violent crime to apply for parole earlier. Second, the legislature enacted a law which will ensure that the most qualified individual receives employment with the state government, regardless of his or her criminal history. Lastly, Louisiana passed SB 324 which will now include all youth under the age of 18 in its juvenile justice system.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN LOUISIANA
Prison Fellowship's victories in the state include contributing to the passage of House Bills 911 and 1273 in 2014. These bills removed barriers to securing the license required to work in certain industries and provided incentives for employers to hire individuals with a previous criminal conviction. In 2014, Prison Fellowship also supported the passage of Senate Bill 383, which made adjustments to the state's unjust and unfair sentencing guidelines.
In 2011, Prison Fellowship supported the passage of a number of legislative bills (HB138, HB 415, SB 202, HB 415, HB 106, and HB 414) which decreased state spending, increased public safety, and improved transparency for victims of crime across the state. House Bill 138 advances constructive prison culture and human dignity by providing elderly individuals with additional consideration for parole.
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Grounded in biblical values and signed by over 100 Christian leaders, the Justice Declaration is a call to the Church to deploy its unique and unparalleled capacity to respond to crime and over-incarceration.