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Retired Judge Critical of Mandatory Sentencing [VIDEO]

Retired DeSoto Parish Judge Robert Burgess tells 101.7 / 710 KEEL’s Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty that a positive side to the soon to be implemented Justice Investment Act is the release of some first time offenders who were imprisoned only because of mandatory sentencing.

Burgess, who was on the bench for a number of highly publicized cases during his tenure on the bench, tells KEEL listeners that there is a disconnect “because of a lack of communication and lack of participation in the process,” between judges and lawyers, who seem to favor leeway in sentencing, and law enforcement, many of whom are leery of the consequences of this legislation.

More than 1,000 prisoners chosen for early release will be back on the streets on November 1st, 200 of those are from the Shreveport Bossier area. To get details and a complete list of those to be freed statewide by the Justice Reinvestment Act JUST CLICK HERE!

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