Thursday, Governor John Bel Edwards joined President Donald Trump and other governors, as well as White House staff members, for a round table discussion on the positive impact criminal justice reform is having across the country.
Edwards shared with Trump the bipartisan reform legislation he signed into law in 2017.
"In Louisiana, we're proud of the work we've done. It's been sentencing reform, prison reform, and a real focus on reentry and for the first time in 20 years, I can tell you Louisiana does not have the highest incarceration rate in the nation today," said Edwards.
Here’s the exchange where @LouisianaGov informs @POTUS that Louisiana no longer has the nation’s highest incarceration rate thanks to bipartisan criminal justice reforms. #lagov #lalege #cjreform pic.twitter.com/dY8T7YxOCP— Richard Carbo (@richardacarbo) August 9, 2018
After the meeting, Edwards gave Trump a letter detailing the successes of the state's efforts. Some highlights from that letter include:
Click here to read the full letter.
Not all agree with Edwards however, that the reforms are working. Senator John Kennedy has been outspoken about his disagreements with the governor on this issue.
Others in attendance at the meeting include:
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