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Audit states Louisiana could reduce incarceration rate with new strategies

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

According to a new report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, the state could not only save money, but reduce its incarceration rate if it followed some of the same strategies as other states.

Right now, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the US and locks up more nonviolent offenders than the national average. In fact, from 2009 to 2015, auditors reported 59 percent of those in jail were convicted of only nonviolent offenses.

Some of the strategies the audit recommends include expanding pretrial diversion and specialty courts that divert nonviolent offenders from prison and reducing the use of mandatory minimum sentences and the habitual offender law for non-violent offenders. 

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