Legislatures and Courts, even in Louisiana, have recognized there is a difference when defendant are juveniles, the US Supreme Court has said that life sentences must only be used in the most extraordinary circumstances. I hope that all of the district attorneys moving to keep these people in jail are doing so with those considerations in mind. We must operate the criminal justice system in a manner consistent with our values as Americans.
The bond system, in its current state, is broken. Not only because people, on rare occasions, take ‘deals’ just to be released; but also because of what this article addresses. It is Constitutionally infirm treatment of the indigent and working poor, for a purpose that can be achieved through other means. We must address this issue for
This important conference brought together the leaders in criminal justice from around the State, including District Attorneys, Criminal Defense Lawyers, Department of Corrections leaders, Judges and court personnel, and State legislators.