A Louisiana House committee embraced legislation Thursday that would expand a New Orleans inmate mentoring program to East Baton Rouge and St. Tammany parishes.
House Bill 521 by state Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, would allow judges to assign relatively low level offenders to a special unit at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
For offenders, the program would offer less time behind bars as long as several stipulations are met, including learning a trade from inmates serving life sentences.
“We think this is a silver bullet,” Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Laurie A. White told the House Committee on Judiciary.