Louisiana Justice: Pre-Trial, Incarceration, and Reentry

73 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2022

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Andrea C. Armstrong

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Marcus Kondkar

Loyola University New Orleans - Department of Sociology

Date Written: December 7, 2022

Abstract

This paper provides a high-level system overview of Louisiana’s justice system from pretrial to incarceration to re-entry and includes new data and insights from local advocates. Data included provides the most recent snapshot of Louisiana’s prison population and the first close look at the impact of multi billing, or “habitual offender sentencing,” including significant disparities of the use of the multi bill in Louisiana. An introductory letter highlights two significant issues that have not previously been studied or analyzed: multi-bill sentences and local housing of the state’s prison populations. 

Together with an companion report, “Opportunities for Philanthropy within Louisiana’s Justice System,” these reports combine on-the-ground perspectives from advocates across the state identifying the most significant challenges and opportunities for improving public safety with new data and analysis on the impact of incarceration statewide. Though Louisiana has made significant progress in reducing the state prison population, these reports are critical for understanding the local practices that drive our high rates of incarceration.

Keywords: Louisiana, criminal law, mass incarceration

Suggested Citation

Armstrong, Andrea C. and Kondkar, Marcus, Louisiana Justice: Pre-Trial, Incarceration, and Reentry (December 7, 2022). (Public Welfare Foundation, 2022), Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4296452

Andrea C. Armstrong (Contact Author)

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ( email )

7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 901
Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

Marcus Kondkar

Loyola University New Orleans - Department of Sociology ( email )

526 Pine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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