BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - Gov. John Bel Edwards detailed his meeting about criminal justice reform Thursday with Pres. Donald J. Trump, other Republican governors, White House cabinet members and staffers.
During the meeting with Pres. Trump, Gov. Edwards shared that for the first time in 20 years, Louisiana no longer has the highest incarceration rate in the country, and the state is seeing early signs of success with the implementation of the historic package of bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation that he signed into law in 2017.
Some comments from others in attendance:
Gov Matt Bevin (R- Kentucky): "The most powerful thing about this... I look at guys like John Bel Edwards in Louisiana, represents a different party than I do in Kentucky in terms of our political affiliation. This is something that we are very much of like-mind on. I think this transcends anything political."
Energy Sec. Rick Perry –“I want to share with these governors around here; every one of them is courageous…”
Just after the meeting, Gov. Edwards gave Pres. Trump a letter detailing Louisiana’s efforts and inviting him to visit the state.