Louisiana lawmakers veto an effort to restore voting rights to some convicted felons on probation or parole.
Senate Bill 16 would allow juveniles convicted of second-degree murder eligible for parole after serving 30 years, have no disciplinary issues, complete a GED, substance abuse treatment and 100 hours of reentry programming.
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 more »