Criminal Law Reform
The goal of criminal law reform is to put an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society.
We work at the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society.
By fighting for reforms to police practices, indigent defense systems, disproportionate sentencing, and government abuses of authority in the name of fighting crime, and drug policies which have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting an unprecedented number of people behind bars, the ACLU of Louisiana is working to reverse the tide of overincarceration, protect constitutional rights, eliminate racial disparities, and increase government accountability and transparency.
By the Numbers
- 32% vs 60.8%Black people make up 32% of Louisiana's population but 60.8% of its marijuana arrests.
- 790%The federal prison population has increased by almost 790 percent since 1980.