At a glance
Bills supported by the Sentencing Commission:
n HB790 by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, would allow parishes to permit people who have been arrested for certain offenses to be released on a cash deposit in lieu of bond.
n HB680 by Jackson would raise the bar for charging certain thefts as felonies.
n HB732 by Jackson would authorize the waiver of minimum mandatory sentences for certain crimes of violence.
n HB731 by Jackson would create a procedure for designating certain crimes in the court minutes as crimes of violence.
n SB277 by Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, would clarify the state’s drunken driving law.
n SB532 by Sen. Ellery Guillory, R-Opelousas, would create courts to adjudicate cases involving veterans and drugs or alcohol, as is done in drug court.
n SB398 by Sen. Fred Mills Jr., R-New Iberia, would permit more drug felons to participate in drug court programs.
n SB256 by Mills would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and benefit restrictions for certain drug convictions.
n SB275 by Mills would eliminate the crime of drug traffic loitering, which the state Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional.
n SB257 by Mills would create a misdemeanor charge for first offenders who purchase or transport supplies for the operation of a clandestine drug lab.
n SB472 by Mills would raise the standards for the Board of Parole.
n HB16 by Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, would authorize the 15th Judicial District Court (Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes) to establish a special court to rehabilitate certain incarcerated inmates to re-enter society.
n HB745 by Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, would allow judges to waive minimum mandatory sentences in certain instances.
n SB383 by Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, would expand parole eligibility for certain nonviolent crimes.
n HB210 by Rep. Patrick Jefferson, D-Homer, would expand eligibility for medical parole.
n SB240 by Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, would require the clerks for the state Supreme Court and appeals courts to transmit rulings to local clerks of court and the Department of Corrections.