LSU survey shows majority favors criminal justice reform in Louisiana

LSU survey shows majority favors criminal justice reform in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A recent survey by LSU shows many support reforming Louisiana's criminal justice system.

The Louisiana Survey is an annual project by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications.

The results show many of those surveyed favor three reform proposals. They are:

  • More alternatives to prison - such as drug treatment or rehabilitation programs - for people convicted of non-violent offenses
  • Shorter sentences for people convicted of non-violent crimes
  • Abandoning mandatory minimum sentences in favor of more flexibility for judges to determine sentences

According to the survey, 65 percent of people living in the state believe the amount of crime in the state has gone up over the past five years.

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