2014 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5401 - District courts; reentry courts; subject matter

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CHAPTER 34. REENTRY COURTS

§5401. District courts; reentry courts; subject matter

A. The district courts as enumerated in Subsection C of this Section, by rule, adopted by a majority vote of the judges sitting en banc, may assign a certain division of the court as a reentry division of court. The reentry division of court shall establish a workforce development sentencing program, which shall establish guidelines for the issuance of sentences providing inmate rehabilitation and workforce development. The reentry division of court and sentencing program shall work in conjunction with the Louisiana Workforce Commission and all efforts shall be coordinated and consistent with the provisions of R.S. 23:1 et seq.

B. Participation in the workforce development sentencing program as authorized by the provisions of this Section shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1) The court may recommend that a defendant participate in the workforce development sentencing program if all of the following criteria are satisfied:

(a) The defendant meets the eligibility requirements for participation in the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program as provided for in R.S. 15:1199.7.

(b) The court determines that it is in the best interest of the community and in the interest of justice that the defendant be sentenced to the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program.

(c) The defendant is not sentenced to a term of incarceration which exceeds ten years.

(d) The defendant shall not have any prior felony convictions for any offenses defined as a sex offense in R.S. 15:541.

(e) The crime before the court shall not be a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B), including domestic violence.

(f) The defendant cannot be sentenced as a multiple offender in the present charge pursuant to R.S. 15:529.1.

(g) Other criminal proceedings alleging commission of a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B) shall not be pending against the defendant.

(h) The crime before the court shall not be a charge of any crime that resulted in the death of a person.

(2) Upon a determination that the defendant meets the eligibility criteria provided for in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the court shall advise the defendant that he may be eligible for enrollment in the workforce development sentencing program.

(3) In offering a defendant the opportunity to request the program, the court shall advise the defendant of the following:

(a) If the defendant is eligible to participate in the workforce development sentencing program, the defendant shall waive the right to a trial. The defendant shall enter a plea of guilty to the charge, with the stipulation that the defendant shall be sentenced to custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to participate in the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program and after successful completion of that program, he may petition the court to be placed on intensive reentry supervision by the court.

(b) The court may impose any conditions reasonably related to the rehabilitation of the defendant, including ordering the defendant to participate and complete a substance abuse treatment program.

(4) The defendant has the right to be represented by counsel at all stages of a criminal prosecution. The defendant shall be represented by counsel during the determination of eligibility to participate in the workforce development sentencing program at the time of the execution of the sentencing agreement and at any subsequent probation revocation hearing to discharge him, unless the court finds and the record shows that the defendant has knowingly and intelligently waived his right to counsel.

(5) The defendant shall agree to participation in the workforce development sentencing program.

(6) The judge shall consider the following factors in determining whether workforce development sentencing is in the interest of justice and of benefit to the defendant and the community:

(a) The nature of the crime charged and the circumstances surrounding the crime.

(b) Any special characteristics or circumstances of the defendant.

(c) Whether there is a probability that the defendant will cooperate with and benefit from the workforce development sentencing program.

(d) Whether the available workforce development sentencing program is appropriate to meet the needs of the defendant.

(e) The impact of the defendant's sentencing upon the community.

(f) Recommendations, if any, of the district attorney.

(g) Recommendations, if any, of the involved law enforcement agency.

(h) Recommendations, if any, of the victim.

(i) Provisions for and the likelihood of obtaining restitution from the defendant.

(j) Any mitigating circumstances.

(k) Any other circumstances reasonably related to the defendant's case.

(7)(a) If the judge determines that the defendant shall be enrolled in the workforce development sentencing program, the court shall accept the defendant's guilty plea and sentence the defendant to the custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for participation in the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program under the terms and conditions of the workforce development sentencing program.

(b) If the judge determines that the defendant is not qualified for enrollment, the judge shall state for the record the reasons for that determination.

(c) If the defendant successfully completes the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program and successfully completes all other requirements of the workforce development sentencing program, he may petition the court to be placed on intensive reentry supervision by the court.

C. The following district courts may assign certain divisions of the court as a reentry division of court in accordance with the provisions of this Section:

(1) The Criminal District Court for the parish of Orleans or the Forty-First Judicial District Court.

(2) The Nineteenth Judicial District Court.

(3) The Twenty-Second Judicial District Court.

(4) The Eleventh Judicial District Court.

(5) The Fifteenth Judicial District Court.

(6) The Twenty-Sixth Judicial District Court.

(7) The First Judicial District Court.

(8) The Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court.

Acts 2010, No. 664, §1; Acts 2012, No. 399, §1; Acts 2013, No. 302, §1; Acts 2014, No. 7, §1; Acts 2014, No. 327, §1; Acts 2014, No. 376, §1; Acts 2014, No. 624, §1.

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