Half of criminal justice reform package clears tricky Louisiana House, full package still alive

By Rebekah Allen, May 30, 2017 

It was a good sign for advocates pushing to overhaul Louisiana's criminal justice system – half of the bills in prison revamp package passed the state House and headed to the Senate where they're expected to have a smoother ride.

With two weeks left in the session, the Tuesday night vote means all 10 bills in the ambitious revamp are still alive and it suggests that a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature are still generally warm to a sweeping plan to reduce the state's prison population. 

The Tuesday night votes were a sort of litmus test, because it was the first time the House was able to weigh in on some of the meatiest parts of the criminal justice package. The more conservative House has a reputation for being more difficult to get the consensus necessary to pass laws than the Senate.