Earlier this Spring, Patricia Smith, the Democratic State Representative from Baton Rouge, introduced two bills for the early release of elderly prisons from the State's prisons in order to save the money for the State which is hurting financially.
According to an article by Nick Bouterie in the May 8th, Lafayette Daily Advertiser, The Louisiana District Attorneys Association originally opposed HB 35, but dropped the opposition once the House Criminal Justice Committee approved the bill, for non-violent criminals. The DA Association did not support HB 194 for violent criminals and those convicted as sex offenders.
Instead of passing HB 35 for non-violent criminals and rejecting HB 194 for violent criminals, the legislators failed to pass the bill for the non-violent criminals and instead passed HB 194 for releasing violent criminals from our prisons. As Bouterie states in his article, "What is most confusing is how some legislators obviously thought it would be better to grant early release to violent criminals rather than nonviolent criminals who had reached senior citizen age."
Those brilliant state representatives who voted againt HB35 but FOR HB194 are listed as the recipients of our YO-YO Awards. Kinda reminds one of an ostritch with his head stuck in the sand and his ass up in the air...which is where the criminal lawyers supporting HB 194 stuff their campaign contributions.