Bill to Remove Non-Violent Crimes from Habitual Offender Law Fails in Committee

By Anitra Brown Tribune Staff In a 9-7 vote, the Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday (April 17) to kill House Bill 355, which would remove non-violent offenses from the list of offenses that can result in habitual offender sentencing enhancements. The move comes as a disappointment...

What We’re Saying: It’s time for Louisiana to Get Rid of Non-Unanimous Verdicts

One of only two states in the nation that actually allows juries to render verdicts in felony criminal trials without all 12 jurors agreeing, Louisiana is long overdue in changing its jury system. First, the system is steeped in racism—a remnant of Jim Crow, the post-emancipation de facto and de...

Louisiana Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Bill to Repeal the Death Penalty a Second Year in a Row

Committee Votes 4 to 1 in Favor of Ending Death Penalty Earlier today (April 10), Louisiana’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4 to 1 to repeal the state’s death penalty and replace it with a life sentence. This is the second year in row that a bipartisan bill to replace Louisiana’s...

City Council Criminal Justice Committee to Discuss Pre-Booking Diversion Program

Councilwoman Guidry will provide update on 2016's Marijuana Reform Ordinance  The New Orleans City Council Criminal Justice Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday (March 27) in the New Orleans City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido St., to discuss the LEAD Program, a pre-booking diversion program piloted in the NOPD’s 8th District. ...