Louisiana lawmakers back reentry bills for people convicted


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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two measures described as making it easier for people convicted of crimes to find and retain jobs edged closer to final passage Tuesday in the Louisiana Legislature.

A House-backed bill by Rep. Phillip DeVillier, a Eunice Republican, would allow probation and parole officers to use their cellphone or other electronic devices to check on people under supervision, rather than requiring an in-person hearing. The proposal also requires probation and parole officers to accommodate a person’s work schedule when scheduling those check-in meetings.

The measure won approval from a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for debate.

A Senate-approved proposal by Sen. Patrick McMath, a Covington Republican, would require a state-issued photo ID issued to inmates being released from prison to also include a list of licensing and certification programs the person completed while incarcerated.

McMath’s bill received the backing of the House criminal justice committee Tuesday, sending it to the House floor for consideration.

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