Criminal justice reform protects people and ensures equal justice for all.
An effective criminal justice system protects people and preserves public safety, respects human dignity, restores victims, removes barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records, and ensures equal justice for all under the law.
Louisiana's current criminal justice system is outdated. We have an over-incarceration crisis because we send too many nonviolent people to prison. We also have unjust property seizures: the government can take your property without even charging you with a crime!
Fortunately, there are some sensible solutions out there, including:
Forfeiture Reform: Requiring a criminal conviction of a person to keep their seized property.
Mens Rea Reform: Someone's intent should be considered in whether they committed a crime or not. Eliminating duplicative, obsolete, and unclear criminal laws would make for a fairer system.
Pre-Trial Reform: Utilize risk-assessment tools so judges can more accurately assess who is and is not a flight risk.
Bail Reform: Reconsider the use of automatic minimum bail on arrested individuals so occupants aren’t held because they are too poor to cover the costs.
Do you agree with these solutions? If so, sign the petition today!