Savings not what expected for early prison release
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Corrections isn't getting the savings it expected from a law allowing nonviolent drug offenders to leave prison early.
A legislative budget analysis show $6 million in expected savings from the law that requires a drug treatment program for some to avoid prison and others to get out sooner.
The Legislative Fiscal Office says expectations have dropped by $5 million with only $815,000 in savings.
According to the fiscal office, the corrections department has had trouble finding qualified offenders to participate.