Jindal proposes alternative to jail time for non-violent offenders
Governor Jindal proposes legislation to ease crowding in prison, by offering some non-violent drug offenders an alternative to being locked up.
Governor Jindal unveils proposed legislation to ease state prison populations by locking up fewer non-violent offenders. Mr. Jindal said in Louisiana that's mostly simple drug offenders, who enter prison as 1st-offenders but leave as criminals. He said there's a better way, and it's at the heart of his reform proposal.
"Many simple drug offenders are dealing with addiction, and need treatment more than incarceration. Non-violent, non-sexual, non-repeat offenders can be placed in diversionary drug courts, where records can be expunged, if they meet all rehabilitation and treatment requirements."
Mr. Jindal said even a little time in prison can effect people's future earnings and employment potential. "The proposed reform would saves millions by lowering inmate numbers, and would be more humane for 1st-time and non-violent offenders." The bill would also allow for early release and treatment for some current 1st-offense prisoners.