Editorial: Will special crime session bills really make Louisiana safer?

Quin Hillyer: Jeff Landry's criminal justice package gets some things right, but much wrong
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They also moved to restart executions in the state by approving two new methods of applying the death penalty, electrocution and nitrogen gas, which has raised concerns over whether it violates the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Bottom line: We’ve seen no credible evidence that any of these measures will deter crime.

We don’t quibble with everything lawmakers did during the brief session. A bill to punish fentanyl distributors who target children is warranted, and tougher potential sentences for convicted carjackers are reasonable. A bill covering drug courts won unanimous support, which was encouraging.

But the session’s headline items reek of ideology, not data-driven problem-solving. And we were dismayed to hear lawmakers dismiss concerns over the Legislative Fiscal Office’s projection of increased costs for some measures.


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