House agrees to rollback law changes, extend probation terms
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana's criminal justice overhaul has taken a hit after the House voted to lengthen probation terms that were shortened during last year's rewrite of sentencing laws.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Sherman Mack passed Tuesday by a vote of 61-30. It now heads to the Senate.
Mack says extending probation lengths for most nonviolent offenders from a maximum of three years to five would keep people out of prison.
Opponents dismissed the legislation as a part of a dangerous rollback to bipartisan criminal justice changes intended to drive down Louisiana's prison population.
Another part of the overhaul came under fire Tuesday when a measure barring convicted murderers from obtaining medical furlough was voted out of a Senate judicial committee.