From the OFFICE of the GOVERNOR

November 28, 2017

Gov. Edwards to Attend White House Meeting on Criminal Justice Reform

BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials from Louisiana traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a criminal justice reform event organized by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Following that event, Gov. Edwards accepted an invitation from White House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives, for a meeting to discuss criminal justice reform at the White House today, Nov. 28, 2017, at 2:15 p.m. EST.

Louisiana has the highest imprisonment rate in the nation, but that is expected to change as a result of comprehensive reform legislation signed into law this summer. Through a bipartisan effort, state leaders adopted a package of innovative, evidence-based approaches to reducing recidivism and incarceration, such as steering less serious offenders away from prison, strengthening alternatives to prison and jail, and removing barriers to success during re-entry into society.

While in Washington, D.C., the governor will also attend a national Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) board meeting, of which, the governor is a member.

JAG is a nationwide non-profit program that has helped more than one million young people facing difficult challenges earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, successfully receive post-secondary education, and find meaningful employment. So far, the governor has expanded the JAG program in Louisiana to 123 schools.

The governor will return to Louisiana on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.


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