ANALYSIS OF LOUISIANA PRISON SYSTEM Wendy Naro-Ware October2012 Main Office: 720 Kearney St. Denver, CO 80220 Ph. 303-399-3218 www.JFA-Associates.com
PRISON ADMISSIONS PER POPULATION AND ARRESTS US VS. LOUISIANA
New Legislation House Bill 994 increases the amount of diminution of sentence allowed from 35/30 goodtime days per month to 1 and a half good time days eared for every one day served. Projected to save ~4,000 beds in previous projected bedspace assessment. House Bill 1026 decreases the amount of time required for offenders convicted of a 2nd felony before being eligible for parole release. Prior to the law, offenders convicted of a felony for the 2nd time were eligible for parole release at 50% of sentenced served. Under HB 1026, these offenders will be eligible for releases at 33% sentenced served. Offenders convicted of a crime of violence, a sex crime or as habitual offender are not eligible for parole. Projected to save ~550 beds in previous projected bedspace assessment. House Bill 228 allows for CTPPT credits to be earned by habitual, non-sex and non-violent offenders House Bill 543 and SB 321 allow for more parole eligibility for life offenders. House Bill 1068 waives the mandatory minimum serving time for non-violent, non-sex offenders.
Population Growth Drivers • Low use of probation/increasing use of prison • Suggestions: • Increased supervision options/components • Judicial consensus/education meetings • Large number of revocations returned to prison • Suggestions: • Supervision graduated sanctions matrix • Earned goodtime on supervision • Low proportion of people released via parole • Suggestions: • Expedited parole case review 6 months prior to eligibility • Parole release risk instrument
Nevada AB 510 Bill Components • Increasing in monthly goodtime eligibility • Increase in lump sum credit eligibility • Goodtime credits count toward faster parole eligibility • Day for day credit eligibility while on supervision • Parole risk release instrument and board training Results (4 years post implementation) • 13.7% decrease in new court commitments to prison • 12% decrease in violators admitted to prison • Parole board release rate increase from 57% to 63% • Prison population decrease 4.2%
Arkansas ACT 570 Bill Components • Increased sentencing guidelines departure reporting • Reassessment of drug weight and property amounts • Intermediate sanction grid for supervision violators • Day for day credit eligibility while on supervision • Parole risk release instrument/parole release from jail Results (6 months post implementation) • 8.6% decrease in commitments to prison • 30% decrease in parole violators admitted to prison • 15% decrease in probation violators admitted to prison • Parole board release rate increase from 43% to 52% • Average prison sentence length decrease 8.4 months • 70% and 50% violent offender admissions decrease 34.5% • 7.1% decrease in prison population