DA Harrington participates in Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council

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District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington listens to testimony from Jim Craft, executive director of the La. Commission on Law Enforcement, at the Judicial Reinvestment Oversight Implementation Council meeting at the state capitol Wednesday.

District Attorney Harrington participates in Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council
After a 2-year hiatus due to pandemic related restrictions, the Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council met this week in Baton Rouge.
The council was established in 2017 to “track and advise the Department of Corrections and other relevant agencies on the implementation of policy changes required by the Justice Reinvestment legislation” by executive order from Gov. John Bel Edwards. The council also has the responsibility to make recommendations on the best uses for reinvestment dollars and monitor the use those dollars.
The council publishes an annual report on the implementation of the progress, performance metrics and recommendations offered by the council.
District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington is a member of the council, representing the La. District Attorney’s Association. “One of my focuses is to ensure that crime victim related programs are a large part of the reinvestment process. To date, over $13 million have collectively been redirected to the Crime Victims Reparations Fund, the Domestic Violence Housing Assistance Program, crime lab funding for DNA analysis and victim assistance coordinators who are part of district attorneys’ offices.
As the council continues working with the Department of Corrections to ensure the Justice Reinvestment Initiative laws are being implemented according to the legislative mandate, I will continue to be an active voice to provide revenant facts and information and to monitor the implementation of programs,” said Harrington.