Louisiana governor to meet with Trump on criminal justice
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's meeting with President Donald Trump this week to talk about his state's criminal justice overhaul.
The Democratic governor's office says Edwards is among a handful of governors invited to sit down with the Republican president Thursday in New Jersey.
Louisiana's prison population is dropping, with the state no longer the nation's top jailer, under changes enacted last year.
The overhaul championed by Edwards expanded probation and parole opportunities and reduced sentences, mainly for nonviolent offenders. Most of the savings from the prison population reduction must pay for programs aimed at keeping exiting inmates from returning to crime.
Two of Edwards' chief GOP critics, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry, have slammed the criminal justice revamp, saying it's damaging public safety.
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