The Times-Picayune
July 10, 2018

Changes to criminal laws last year resulted in Louisiana’s prison population dropping to its lowest level in 30 years, which led to $12.2 million savings.  Under a state statute, 70 percent of the money saved from Louisiana’s criminal justice overhaul must be used on education, inmate reentry, life skills, drug treatment and other programs aimed at keeping people out of prison.

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