2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:827.3 - Savings attributable to criminal justice reforms

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:827.3 (2018)

§827.3. Savings attributable to criminal justice reforms

            A. At the end of each fiscal year, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall provide to the commissioner of administration and to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget a statement of calculated annual savings realized as a result of reforms to the criminal justice system. For Fiscal Year 2017-2018, seventy percent of the savings shall be deemed a bona fide obligation of the state and shall be allocated by the department according to Subsection B of this Section. For Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and each fiscal year thereafter, fifty percent of the annual savings shall be deemed a bona fide obligation of the state and shall be allocated by the department according to Subsection B of this Section and twenty percent of the annual savings shall be deemed a bona fide obligation of the state and shall be allocated by the department for juvenile justice initiatives and programs.

            B. The amount deemed to be a bona fide obligation pursuant to the provisions of Subsection A of this Section, except for the portion required to be allocated by the department for juvenile justice initiatives and programs, shall be allocated as follows:

            (1) Thirty percent shall be allocated to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to award incentive grants to parishes, judicial districts, and nonprofit community partner organizations to expand evidence-backed prison alternatives and reduce admissions to the state prison system.

            (2) Twenty percent shall be allocated to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice to award competitive grants for victim services, including but not limited to victim safety assessments and safety planning, trauma-informed treatment and services for victims and survivors, shelters and transitional housing for domestic violence victims and their children, batterers' intervention programming, and victim-focused education and training for justice system professionals.

            (3) The remainder shall be allocated to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for targeted investments in reentry services, community supervision, educational and vocational programming, transitional work programs, and contracts with parish jails and other local facilities that house state inmates to incentivize expansion of recidivism reduction programming and treatment services.

            Acts 2017, No. 261, §1.

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