Criticism of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Reforms continues, but Caddo Parish’s District Attorney says more resources are needed to make it work.
DA James Stewart believes the program can be successful, but more funding is vital for job training for released prisoners.
He tells us before the reforms took effect four out of ten prisoners re-offended. With additional resources he believes that number can be cut in half.
When asked about the controversy surrounding the changes, he reminds the public that the initial effort was a bipartisan initiative.
“So we really just have to stay the course and like I said a lot of people who originally signed on need to stay signed on. It’s not a one year fix. It’s a long term fix and if we stay involved and we get the community involved, it will work.”
Starting next March all 17 year olds must remain in the Juvenile Justice System. Currently when they’re in custody they’re housed with adult offenders.