The goal of the ACLU of Louisiana’s Smart Justice campaign is to cut the state’s incarcerated population in half and reduce racial disparities. One area that is especially overdue for reform is Louisiana’s harmful overreliance on pretrial incarceration, which destroys lives, destabilizes communities, and has a disproportionate impact on Black and brown communities.

The ACLU of Louisiana is working in the Legislature and in communities across the state to  restore the presumption of innocence by ensuring everyone has access to a speedy trial and no one languishes in jail unnecessarily. 

ACLU of Louisiana's Smart Justice Blueprint

Justice Can't Wait: An Indictment of Louisiana's Pretrial System