September 19, 2019

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ICYMI: Louisiana GOP State Senator: Abraham, Rispone off-base on criminal justice reform, at odds with Trump

A Louisiana Republican state senator is calling out Rep. Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone’s off-base criticisms of bipartisan criminal justice reform.

In a letter to the editor published today, Sen. Danny Martiny highlights how criminal justice reforms passed because Republicans, Democrats, independents, the faith community, the business community, and law enforcement came together to form the deal. Martiny also points out both Republicans are attacking President Trump, who signed The First Step Act, which was modeled after Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms.

Rep. Abraham even voted for The First Step Act before he decided to run for governor and switch his position on criminal justice reform. 

Read why a Louisiana Republican state senator thinks the Republican gubernatorial candidates are wrong on criminal justice reform:  

Sen. Danny Martiny in The Advocate: GOP state senator: Republican critics of justice reform are off-base, and at odds with Trump

When the Louisiana Legislature passed criminal justice reforms in 2017, we did it because my fellow Republicans, along with Democrats, independents, the faith community, the business community, and most importantly, law enforcement, all came together to pass reforms that not only shed Louisiana’s title as number one incarcerator of our citizens, while also making us safer and saving the state money. These bipartisan reforms focused solely on nonviolent, non-sex offenders, and not a single violent offender or sex offender has benefited at all from these reforms.

We had input of sheriffs, DAs and victims’ rights groups all through this process, and every single one of those ten bills passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support. In fact, seven of the ten were authored by Republicans. From New Orleans to Shreveport and Monroe, crime rates are down following these reforms.

Recent Republican critics of these reforms are doing more than attacking Louisiana’s historic, bipartisan work. They’re also attacking what President Trump has achieved on the federal level. The First Step Act, one of President Trump’s most important accomplishments, mirrored Louisiana’s own criminal justice reforms.

At the end of the day, we can do better than being the number one jailer of our citizens in America, and we’re doing that now, in a way that saves the state money, and, most importantly, keeps us safe.

Danny Martiny

state senator

Metairie

Danny Martiny is a Republican State Senator from Jefferson Parish, and was a member of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force.