On Nov. 1, 2017 Louisiana implemented the early release provisions of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). For many, this day marked the beginning of a second chance.

This legislation is a package of various reforms aimed at Louisiana’s criminal justice system. One piece of the JRI reform package expanded the opportunity for those convicted of nonviolent offenses to be released after serving a shorter sentence. This reform is meant to reward those incarcerated for good behavior and ensure that Louisiana’s resources are focused on those who truly pose a threat to public safety. Unfortunately, a recent column made Neilson Rizzuto — a young man who crashed into a crowd of revelers last year — the face of recent criminal justice reforms, failing to recognize the people truly meant to benefit from such reforms.

[Read the rest of the op-ed over at The Hill.]


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