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Changes coming to LA criminal justice system to reduce high incarceration rate

With the highest incarceration rate in the world, Louisiana lawmakers are taking steps to change that.

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With the highest incarceration rate in the world, Louisiana lawmakers are taking steps to change that.

The Justice Reinvestment Task Force approved five measures, amending criminal justice laws.

Rep. Terry Landry, who sits on the committee said, “What we’ve been doing for the past 20, 30 years have not worked. So, if you keep doing the same thing and getting the same results, they tell you you have to change course.”

The reform is something many have look forward to for decades.

New Orleans resident Fox Rich said, “They sentenced my husband to 60 years as a first-time felony offender in LA in a crime that no injury was sustained by any of our victims. So, this is an opportunity that we’ve waited a very long time for and we’ve worked a very long time for to make sure we have prepared ourselves for his return into society.”

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Resilience — Patrons of the Pit

Rising from the murky waters of Louisiana there is hope. Resilience. Tho the tempest has howled, and the floods have washed much asunder, it will not wash away the human spirit, nor the ability to carry on. This photo was just too fantastic not to share. We do not know who these guys are, […]

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Posted by Libergirl with LOVE for my second home…Baton Rouge, Louisiana…this too shall pass!!

 

What the NRA says, and doesn’t say, tells the story

 

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It didn’t take long this morning for the NRA to issue a statement concerning events in Dallas. And it’s a model of brevity.

“On behalf of the more than five million members of the National Rifle Association, and especially on behalf of our members from the law enforcement community, I want to express the deep anguish all of us feel for the heroic Dallas law enforcement officers who were killed and wounded, as well as those who bravely ran toward danger to defend the people and city of Dallas.

With heavy hearts, NRA members honor their heroism and offer our deepest condolences to all of their families.”

If this seems briefer than NRA statements concerning other recent tragedies, it might be because it’s lacking any claim that “if only” the victims had been armed, this could have been avoided. They were armed.

It’s missing any of the complaints about the horrible effects of gun-free zones around schools or other facilities. Not only was this not a gun-free zone, a number of people were openly carrying weapons.

It’s missing any statement about the need for concealed carry, open carry, or reduced barriers to carry. Texas, and Dallas, “enjoy” all those civilizing rights.

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16 People Injured in Shootings at New Orleans Playground

Sixteen people were injured when two groups opened fire on each other during an impromptu gathering of several hundred people to record a music video at a New Orleans playground Sunday night, police said.
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Ten people were taken to hospitals by ambulance, while six others were later learned to have arrived on their own, police said. The severity of their injuries wasn’t reported.

Chris Goodly, 5th District commander for the New Orleans police, told reporters that at least three of the victims were found inside Bunny Friend Park in the city’s 9th Ward, where more than 200 people had gathered.

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Bobby Jindal drops out of White House race

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is ending his presidential bid, saying “this is not my time.”

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Jindal had struggled to gain traction as he centered his campaign on Iowa, a state with a large pool of evangelical voters, to whom the governor aggressively sought to appeal. He often failed to poll at even 1 percent in some surveys and underwhelmed in the money race — he had less than $300,000 in the bank heading into October. His low standing in polls meant that he failed to qualify for any of the prime-time Republican debates and was forced to participate in the less-watched undercard debates.

“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity,” he added. “We cannot settle for the left’s view of envy and division. We have to be the party that says everyone in this country — no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are — can succeed in America.”

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Bobby Jindal blames Oregon shooter’s anti-gun dad: ‘He owes us all an apology’

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blamed single mothers, video games and abortion for the latest school shooting.

The Republican presidential candidate warned readers in a blog post on the conservative Red State site that “someone needs to speak the truth for a change” — but he offered essentially the same complaints conservatives have always had about political and popular culture.

Jindal complained that President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had pointed toward the Oregon community college massacre “in a race to see which of them can be the most extreme in trying to destroy the Second Amendment.”

He said mass shootings had little to do with the easy availability of guns.

“These acts of evil are a direct result of cultural rot, and it is cultural rot that we have brought upon ourselves, and then we act like we are confounded and perplexed by what is happening here,” Jindal said.

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New Orleans Actor & Activist Wendell Pierce on the “Greatest Crime” in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

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