Questions Surround Louisiana’s $8.5M Criminal Justice ‘Reinvestment’

A year after signing the most comprehensive justice reform law in state history, Louisiana is now gearing up for the first year of “justice reinvestment,” fueled by savings that almost doubled those predicted a year ago. But members of the governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council have raised concerns about the limits of their watchdog power, and question whether community-based funds will actually reach the grassroots organizations as originally intended.