Friday, February 10, 2012

Louisiana: House Bill 85 reports that the Louisiana State Pardon Board "could be abolished" if House Bill 85 passes. It would save the state $384,000 a year. Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans) says the state is spending too much on the board "to make recommendations to a governor who may not use them." He also takes the position that the governor should not be able to set aside the decisions of judges and juries.

It is also reported that "Louisiana incarcerates more people per capita and spends more on incarceration than any other state." According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost 1 in 55 of its citizens is incarcerated. So, the state spends about $500 million a year on prisons, almost 9.5 percent of its general fund dollars. See story here.

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