The state improved mental health care behind bars after a high-profile inmate suicide in 1996. Ex-football star Aaron Hernandez’ death yesterday focused attention on the fact that the Massachusetts inmate suicide rate is on the of the nation’s highest.
Most discussion this spring on Louisiana criminal justice reforms has focused on those sent to prison for nonviolent crimes. But a smaller group of inmates serving extremely long sentences have had an outsized impact on Louisiana’s prison population and the state budget.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says task force’s proposals would reduce the state’s nation-leading incarceration rate by 13 percent in a decade. On prosecutor responds: “There is not a single person that we put in prison that doesn’t deserve to be there.”