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Louisiana House Veto Voting Rights for Felons on Probation and Parole

Noah : April 20, 2018 3:28 pm : Felon Rights, Front Page, State - Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers prevented efforts to restore voting rights to some convicted felons on probation or parole.

Louisiana’s 1974 constitution allows the suspension of voting rights for people who are “under an order of imprisonment” for a felony.

People on probation or parole for a felony are included in this definition.  A proposal from Rep. Patricia Smith would have changed that rules to allow someone on probation or parole for a felony to register to vote after being out of prison for five years but the proposal failed to pass.  

Similar proposals died in the previous years.

Current law states that voting rights can be restored only after a conviction felon has completed his or her sentence including probation or parole.

To restore voting rights after a felony conviction, the person must appear in person at the registrar of voters office, complete a voter registration application, present either a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana special identification card, and provide documentation to prove that all confinement, probation, and parole have been completed.

Individuals seeking additional information about voting in Louisiana can contact the Louisiana Secretary of State at 1-225-922-2880.

 

 

 

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Louisiana Vetoes Voting Rights for Convicted Felons

Noah : April 18, 2018 7:54 am : Felon Rights, Front Page, State - Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers veto an effort to restore voting rights to some convicted felons on probation or parole.

Under Louisiana’s 1974 constitution, voting rights are suspended for people who are incarcerated for a felony conviction.

Two years ago the passage was clarified to include any individual on probation or parole for a felony conviction. 

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Louisiana Reviews Sentencing Juveniles to Life Without Parole

Noah : April 23, 2017 6:14 am : Criminal Justice, Felon Rights, Front Page, Parole, Parole Board, State - Louisiana

A bill by Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, is working its way through the Louisiana Legislature that could help approximately 300 juvenile offenders who received life sentences without parole.

Senate Bill 16 would give juveniles sentenced to life without parole some hope of getting out of prison.  The legislation is part of Gov. John Edwards' criminal justice package aimed at reducing Louisiana's high incarceration rate and save state money on prisons.

The U.S. Supreme Court told Louisiana authorities that juveniles cannot be sent to prison without the opportunity for release; stating it is cruel and should only be used in rare circumstances.

Claitor stated, "This is a mandate from the Supreme Court that says to fix it." 

Claitor's bill calls for all people convicted of second-degree murder while under the age of 18 to be eligible for parole after serving 30 years of their sentence and do not have any disciplinary issues for one year before they go in front of the parole board.  Inmates would also have to earn a GED or some other educational certification, participate in substance abuse treatment (if necessary), and complete 100 hours of reentry programming.
 

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Parole Reform in Louisiana – House Bill 543 is Now Law

Noah : June 6, 2012 7:10 pm : Front Page, Parole, Parole Board, State - Louisiana

 

On June 4, 2012, House Bill 543 was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal.  This new law is the first step in alleviating the overcrowding and over-sentencing in Louisiana's prisons.

Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.  The United States has an average incarceration rate of 730 inmates per 100,000 people.  Compare that with 62 in Afghanistan, 122 in China, and 525 in Russia.  Louisiana's numbers are more than double the U.S. average with 1619 prisoners per 100,000 residents.

House Bill 543 grants parole eligibility to nonviolent and non-sex offenders who have been sentenced to life without parole.  Although parole is not automatic, it does allow the prisoner the chance to go a parole board and prove that they are ready to re-enter society rather than spend the rest of their lives behind bars. 

The bill is a two year project worked on by the warden of Angola State Penitentiary and the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Both powers, along with the ACLU, understand that prison should be a place for people who pose a risk to society and not for people who have redeemed themselves and can be productive again. 

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Louisiana Pardons and Paroles

Noah : September 26, 2011 10:42 am : State - Louisiana

Unlike most other states, Louisiana has two completely separate board to handle the issues of pardons and paroles.

Although the two are often confused, there is a considerable difference between a pardon and a parole.

A pardon is granted by the Governor of the state, and means that the conviction will no longer be considered a conviction for any purpose. They are rarely granted and highly sought and many attorneys believe they are often as more about politics than justice.  The website for the Louisiana Board of Pardons is at http://doc.louisiana.gov/view.php?cat=13 and provides contact information  as well as other pertinent information to someone seeking a Louisiana pardon.

A parole in Louisiana is where a person is seeking to be released early from prison.  The Board of Parole website is at http://doc.louisiana.gov/view.php?cat=12  , a different page on the same website as the Board of Pardonsm which also leads to confusion.

There is not a lot of information on the Board of Parole website, unfortunately, to assist in securing a Louisiana parole and since there is not a lot of information available, a Louisiana parole attorney is a wise investment. Louisiana parole lawyers assist the inmate and the family in obtaining and providing information to the Louisiana Parole Board which allows them to see that the inmate is something more than just another number or case, hopefully making their stay in the Louisiana prison system shorter.

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