SMART ON CRIME24TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT - PARISH OF JEFFERSON
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 4,650,900, or 1 in 53 adults, under community supervision at the end of 2015 with approximately 650,000 individuals returning to our communities each year. Unfortunately, 67.8% of released prisoners in 2005 from 30 states were arrested for a new crime within 3 years and 76.6% were arrested within 5 years. In Louisiana, there were approximately 70,000 individuals under community supervision and 36,000 incarcerated in the Department of Corrections (DOC) at the end of 2015 with revocations from community supervision making up 59% of all new annual admissions to the DOC, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.
In recognition of these significant societal challenges, the 24th Judicial District Court has been working for years with its criminal justice partners to protect the community by implementing programs designed to rehabilitate those under community supervision, and give them a second chance and real opportunity to succeed. If nothing is done to reimagine the criminal justice system, there will be more victims, the ugly cycle of recidivism will continue and budgets will soar out of control.
Reentry Court Participants
To this end, the Judges of the 24th Judicial District Court have adopted the “Smart on Crime Initiative,” which has received the support of the Governor and Justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
JUDGE SCOTT SCHLEGEL WITH LIFER MENTORS AT ANGOLA PRISON - REENTRY COURT
The 24th JDC has also started two new Smart Supervision programs in Jefferson Parish (Reentry Court and Swift & Certain Probation) to increase public safety, reduce recidivism and improve government efficiencies.
Additionally, the 24th JDC has begun to implement various technologies throughout the Smart Supervision programs so that the Court and other criminal justice partners can respond to issues in real time, hopefully before it’s too late. The use of technology also assists to reduce barriers for those under supervision so that they can get healthy. No more victims.
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