Louisiana is reviewing the sentences of almost half of the state’s 35,500 prison population under newly enacted state sentencing laws. As many as 2,000 may be released in November, most of them convicted of nonviolent offenses.
Louisiana officials are reviewing the sentences of 16,000 inmates who could have their prison time shortened as criminal law changes take effect Nov. 1. That’s around 45 percent of the 35,500 people the state has locked up now, reports NOLA.com. Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state legislature enacted sentencing changes this year, aiming to reduce Louisiana’s highest-in-the-world incarceration rate. Changes that retroactively affect low-level offenders take effect in November, driving the review. The 16,000 prison terms being reconsidered are for nonviolent offenses only and many will remain unchanged, said corrections and public safety secretary Jimmy LeBlanc.