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LA: Here’s why some sex offenders eligible for early release have to stay in prison

More than 400 Louisiana prisoners who are otherwise eligible for early release can’t leave correctional facilities because they are unable to find an approved place to live that complies with the state’s sex offender requirements. Full Article

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  1. David

    Louisiana has successfully got themselves into a darn good muddle! Congratulations, LA lawmakers, on shooting yourselves in the foot by not thinking through the residency restrictions you enact!! And, as usual, I’m certain each town/city/burrough enacted tougher restrictions than its neighbors! 🤣 Yup, I’m laughing at these idiots!

  2. AlexO

    The principle of the thing is all that matters, right? Damn if it costs tax payers an arm and a leg.

  3. Nicholas Maietta

    Does the law actually spell out that a person must have a residence? That just criminalized homelessness, if it did and that was already ruled illegal in California. But if it does not spell out that person has to have a residence, then they are punishing people without giving them a chance to avoid those areas they are prohibited from residing near. Remember, in California residency restrictions don’t apply to homeless people. If someone knows of any lawyers handling this in the state of LA, please, let them know.

    • Chris F

      It doesn’t appear to be that.

      The prisoners won’t be released early from prison and into the parole system if they don’t have an approved residence to go to. If they can’t find one, then they just have to wait the full term and then, unlike some other states that still keep them, they release them and they can be homeless. Of course, they admit that many end up back behind bars after that for failing to register everything properly or breaking some other rule against registrants.

      I guess Louisiana didn’t get the memo from our own government that residency restrictions do nothing but increase recidivism and getting more people locked up for no good reason at taxpayer expense.

  4. AJ

    $13000/day? That’s chump change, “if it saves save just one child…”

    I like how they are so keen on getting the people into parole/probation because they know that improves their chances of success, yet as has been pointed out, they have restricted things so badly there is pretty much nowhere to go. Every law has its unintended consequences. Sounds like some of LA’s are coming home to roost.

    Needing to go full-term also will influence those who are incarcerated regarding whether they should even care about good behavior credit.

    –AJ

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