Sheriff Steve Prator of Caddo Parish in Louisiana, recently spoke out against the state’s new Justice Reinvestment Act, which will release release thousands of non-violent felony offenders from jail.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law in June “in hopes of changing Louisiana’s reputation as the most imprisoned state in the country,” notes KSLA.
During a press conference, Prator complained that the jail system/police state will lose the free labor provided by the non-violent prisoners:
The [prisoners] that you can work, the ones that can pick up trash, the work release programs, but guess what? Those are the ones that they’re releasing! In addition to the bad ones… they’re releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change the oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchen, to do all that where we save money. Well, they’re going to let them out!
HuffPost reported in 2016 that Louisiana leads the U.S. in jailed citizens (rate), and some countries: “Compare Louisiana’s rate of 816 people per 100,000 with Russia’s 492, China with 119, France with 100, and Germany with 78.”
In addition to whining about losing free prison labor, Prator also tried some fear-mongering, reports KSLA:
The Legislature and the Governor have made a huge mistake. Many of those scheduled to be released have not been properly vetted and are a danger to our safety and property. Seasoned multiple offenders are getting a break at our expense.