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Revisiting Reform (2018)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-09-26

Duration: 00:56:07

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Crime | Prisons | Criminal justice, Administration of


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Mann, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Landry, Jeff Interviewee
  • Riegel, Stephanie Interviewee
  • LaBorde, Natalie Interviewee
  • Landry, Terry Interviewee
  • Moore, Hillar, III Speaker
  • Temple, Collis, Jr. Speaker
  • Trahan, John Speaker
  • Hargon, Charles "Gee Gee" Speaker
  • Fortunato, Jody Speaker
  • Odinet, Bobby Speaker
  • Thomas, Frederick Speaker
  • Nordyke, Keith Speaker
  • Bradley-Jackson, Verna Speaker
  • Harrison, Jack Speaker
  • Thibodeaux, Alexandra Speaker
  • Barnes, Walton J., II Speaker
  • Nichols, Emily Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Jimmy Panelist
  • Adams, Pete Panelist
  • Hebert, Alanah Odoms Panelist
  • Hundley, Andrew Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 26, 2018, features Bob Mann leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the effectiveness of the criminal justice reform package passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2017. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Stephanie Riegel, the editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report; Natalie LaBorde of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and State Representative Terry Landry. The audience members then share their views on whether the reforms are working. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; Pete Adams, the executive director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association; Alanah Odoms Hebert, the executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana; and Andrew Hundley, the executive director of the Louisiana Parole Project. They discuss: their grade for the criminal justice reforms so far; juvenile justice reform; the future of the reforms; prison rehabilitation programs; the potential of politics impacting the reforms due to the 2019 statewide elections; and how the community can become involved in supporting these reform efforts. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Bob Mann