|Louisiana changed a law to release more sick, old prisoners. Part of it could be reversed.|
Last year, Louisiana passed legislation aimed at making it easier to let sick, old and dying people out of prison as part of its larger criminal justice overhaul. Now, it looks like some of those efforts may last only a few months.
The Louisiana Senate voted 28-7 Tuesday (April 10) for legislation that would undo a portion of the program it approved in 2017 to handle sick and old inmates more cost effectively. The House, which was more skeptical of the criminal justice overhaul in the first place, will now take up the bill for consideration.
Senate Bill 458 restricts a new program for state inmates, medical furlough, that lets the prison system release people temporarily if they are terminally ill or permanently disabled.
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