Bills seek to lessen prison sentences for certain crimes - KLFY News 10

Bills seek to lessen prison sentences for certain crimes


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A package of bills seeking to lessen prison sentences for certain types of crimes got the approval Wednesday of the House Criminal Justice Committee.

The proposals would decrease the percentage of a sentence a person who committed a crime of violence must serve to become eligible for parole from 85 percent to 75 percent and would make more convicted offenders eligible for participation in drug courts, which involve substance abuse treatment with probation supervision, rather than long prison sentences.

Another bill would waive minimum sentence requirements for certain sex offenses and crimes of violence.

Committee members advanced the proposals by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, without objection. They move next to the House floor for debate.


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