May 8, 2021 GSMCB: Criminal Justice Reform and the 2021 Louisiana State Legislative Session


The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
May 8, 2021 session
Criminal Justice Reform and the 
2021 Louisiana State Legislative Session

  Susan M. Weishar Ph.D.
Policy and Research Fellow
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University New Orleans
10:50am - 12:30pm
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
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Several important criminal justice reform bills are being considered in the current Louisiana State Legislative session that have great potential to unravel mass incarceration in our state if enacted, including:

HB 254, which eliminates Juvenile Life without Parole. This bill is more urgently needed since SCOTUS ruled April 21 that judges do not have to hold special hearings to determine if juvenile offenders are beyond hope of rehabilitation before sentencing them to die in prison.

HB 490 which allows persons with life sentences to apply for parole after serving 25 years;

HB 46 which puts limits on pre-trial incarceration.

Our presenter will be Susan M. Weishar, Ph.D., a Policy and Research Fellow with the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University (JSRI).

JSRI strongly supports other reform bills such as HB 68, prohibiting the use of solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons for persons with mental illness or impairment, and HB 604 simplifying the very expensive and complex expungement process for persons who have served their time.
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The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983

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