Analysis: Criminal Justice Revamp Tricky Terrain for Edwards

Louisiana‘s criminal justice overhaul passed with a wide-ranging coalition of bipartisan support, but that hasn’t stopped two of the state’s most prominent Republican elected officials from slamming one of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ signature achievements.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry clearly see the legislation approved this year as a point of attack against a governor with whom both have regularly clashed.

The criticisms, hinging on risks to public safety, show that the rollout of the law changes could determine whether the criminal justice package is a boon for Edwards’ political resume as he campaigns for re-election in 2019 or a blow to his list of accomplishments…


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