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  1. Louisiana Efforts to Reform Drug Laws Stymied

    Conservative groups in some red states are supporting efforts to reduce jail terms for drug-related offenses as a means to save taxpayer dollars and offer offenders a chance at redemption. But prosecutors in Louisiana, which has the country’s highest incarceration rate, are resisting reform, arguing that the threat of 10- to 20-year drug sentences is essential for getting habitual offenders to accept plea deals. Reform advocates claim allowing prosecutors such room to “bitch” defendants undermines due process.

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