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Reforming Criminal Justice (2017)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-05-24

Duration: 00:57:12

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Criminal justice, Administration of | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2017 | Prisons | Crime | Drugs | Probation | Parole | Criminals -- Rehabilitation | CRIME PREVENTION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Mann, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • LaBorde, Natalie Interviewee
  • Adams, Pete Interviewee
  • Henderson, Norris Interviewee
  • Moyers, Bill Interviewee
  • Piccione, Kirk Speaker
  • Covington, Rhett Speaker
  • Henderson, Norris Speaker
  • Tirell, Sarah Speaker
  • Meise, Gary Speaker
  • Methvin, Mildred Speaker
  • Harrell, Will Speaker
  • Myers, Kerry Speaker
  • Yancy, Checo Speaker
  • Odinet, Bobby Speaker
  • Fremin, Pete Speaker
  • Moulder, Robin Speaker
  • Kleinpeter, Eva Speaker
  • LeBlanc, James Panelist
  • Hebert, Alanah Odoms Panelist
  • Duhe, Bo Panelist
  • Ellerbe, Elain Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 24, 2017, features Bob Mann leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the criminal justice reform package under consideration at the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with Natalie LaBorde of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Pete Adams of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, Norris Henderson of Voice of the Experienced, and television journalist Bill Moyers. The audience members then discuss their views on what is working and what is not working with Louisiana’s criminal justice system. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Secretary James LeBlanc of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections; Alanah Odoms Hebert, Deputy General Counsel with the Louisiana Supreme Court; District Attorney Bo Duhe of Louisiana’s 16th Judicial District; and Elaine Ellerbe, the state director of Right on Crime. They discuss: their grade for the state’s current criminal justice system; drug crimes; probation and parole; prisoner rehabilitation programs; the commutation of life sentences; the influence of victims on the process; and crime prevention. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Bob Mann