LA: Louisiana Senate committee passes bill to roll back early release for multiple felony convictions except sex offenses

Source: 5/18/22

(The Center Square) — Legislation to roll back some criminal justice reforms implemented in 2017 in regards to repeat nonviolent felony offenders cleared a Senate Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday.

House Bill 544, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Villio, R-Kenner, would roll back calculations for early release adopted through the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Package of 2017 for non-violent offenders convicted of four or more felony offenses.

Current law allows for a convicted felon who has served at least 25% of the sentence imposed to become eligible for parole if they meet all other requirements, though the law does not apply to those convicted of crimes of violence or involving a sex offense.

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Louisiana registrants and supporters, speak up! Write and call to remove the exception for all sex offenses. If you don’t, who will?

Everyone should monitor sex-offense bills in your own state. Call and write! Here is how.

Weird logic of the bill to exclude a blanket group crimes of sex offense. There are sex offenses that are not violent, but there is no distinction b/c 2003 Smith v Doe cites sex offenders have over 80% recidivism rates in their decision. We know now that SCOTUS used false information and the recidivism rates are very low like 3.3%.

With that said, the article states the following,

“Before the passage of the criminal justice reform act … prior criminal history was a factor in the calculation of good time as well as parole eligibility. After criminal justice reform, a four-time, five-time, six-time, seven-time felony offender is treated exactly the same as a first-time offender,” Villio said. “And what we’re seeing is … at least a third of the (prison) population is these repeat offenders.”

“What I’m asking in this piece of legislation is to put that structural wall back in and not treat a seven-time offender the same as you would a first-time offender,” she said.

It’s weird logic to read those words and knowing sex offenses have one of the lowest recidivism rates.

Can we sue SCOTUS for defamation b/c the reason we’re excluded from benefits or thrust upon more penalties is b/c of SCOTUS’ use of false data in their 2003 decision.

4 felonies!!!! And we have one of the lowest recidivism. What’s joke

Everything in this country has an ‘except for sex offenders’ stipulation, which always reads like an appended afterthought. This isn’t going to change anytime soon, (though, not through lack of effort). Americans just love to hate, punish, and exclude…they only need to agree on which group of people are ‘it’ in this little game.

Here is an AP article discussing federal prisons administration.
Well worth a read.