Louisiana lawmaker proposes alternative prison sentencing for parents in a new bill

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) - HB 264 is being proposed by Louisiana legislator Pat Smith to allow criminally indicted parents an option to serve their sentence house-arrest style.

In an 11 page plan, the objective of this bill would be to "provide relatives to community-based sentencing alternatives for offenses committed by primary caretakers."

In an effort to not tear families apart and to break the cycle of imprisonment, many believe this could potentially be a solution to Louisiana's overpopulated justice system. 

An eligibility screening and assessment process will determine the defendant as a primary caretaker of a dependent child. 

Once selected, the court will advise which "at home" program would be suitable for the sake of that child. 

If the defendant successfully completes the program and all court requirements, the conviction may be set aside or dismissed. 

We'll be closely following the developments of this bill when updates become available. 



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