Allows for certain nonviolent offenders to be released from custody when there is a state emergency (i.e. COVID-19).
Incarcerated people are at an especially high risk for COVID-19 and need to be protected. It’s important to release as many people as possible from incarceration to lower their risk.
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Pending House Administration of Criminal Justice
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Several civil rights organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, signed a letter to Gov Edwards calling for the release of incarcerated individuals during the pandemic. The letter and its dozens of supporters can be found here.