Crowded prisons symbolize the state of Louisiana’s prison problems.
Too many people. Too little money.
The biggest hurdle, once prisoners get out, how do we keep them out?
The answer could save tax payers over $300 million over the next decade.
“I’m confident that now is the time and the only reason now is the time is because we didn’t do it last year or the year before,” Governor John Bel Edwards said.
After studying the justice system for a year, a special state task force revealed its findings Thursday. All designed to reduce the prison population.
“We deal with these people especially people with mental health problems that don’t necessarily or probably shouldn’t be in jail but because of the way things work the lack of mental health treatment facilities that’s where they end up,” Terrell said.