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By Crime and Justice Institute

In November 2023, a task force made up of Caddo Parish leaders released a report with 16 recommendations to address the chronic overcrowding of the Caddo Correctional Center (CCC). The release of the report follows the parish’s year-long engagement in a local Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) effort where the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) assisted parish leaders in evaluating a decade’s worth of local criminal justice data to identify the causes of the CCC’s overcrowding.

Caddo Parish sought technical assistance in September 2022 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. This was at the request of Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator calling for local justice partners to make a concerted effort to address jail overcrowding – a longstanding problem that has not only impacted the safety of individuals working and living in the CCC but also has strained resources across the parish.

The implementation of the report’s recommendations will be overseen by the task force members, now officially the Caddo Parish Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Learn more about Caddo Parish’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

This project was supported by BJA, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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