Inmates to be released as part of criminal justice reform

Thirty-six inmates at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center are among the roughly 1,900 inmates to be released early as part of the state’s overhaul of its criminal justice system.

Inmates across the state will be released early from Louisiana prisons and jails Wednesday, in a push by lawmakers to reduce the nation’s highest incarceration rate.

The inmate releases are among the changes in 10 laws that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed in June.

The measures are projected to reduce the state’s prison population by up to 10 percent over 10 years. Louisiana, which now


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