2 of remaining criminal justice proposals get final approval
BATON ROUGE - Nine of the 10 criminal justice proposals backed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards are now awaiting his signature.
The House on Wednesday approved two of the remaining bills, which are focused on easing the financial burdens ex-offenders face when they're released.
Representatives approved changes the Senate had made to a proposal to decrease fines, court fees and restitution if such payments would cause a "substantial financial hardship" for former offenders.
Minutes later, legislators backed minor amendments added to a measure that will suspend the accrual of child support obligations while an offender is behind bars and can't pay.
Edwards expects these bills, combined with others, to facilitate a 10 percent drop in Louisiana's prison population over the next decade.