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Louisiana Senate agrees to criminal sentencing law revamp

By R.J. RICO
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has approved three key bills backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to decrease the state's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and save millions each year.

Senators voted more than two-to-one in favor of each measure Tuesday, hours after Edwards announced a compromise with district attorneys.

The bills next head to the House for consideration.

If they pass, Edwards expects Louisiana's prison population to be reduced by 10 percent over the next decade thanks to expanded opportunities for probation and parole and shrunken sentences for some offenders.

The estimated $262 million savings is 87 percent of what a criminal justice task force predicted if the bills had passed before district attorneys convinced lawmakers to exclude sex offenders and violent offenders from most changes.

Senate Bills 139, 220, 221: www.legis.la.gov

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