In the July installment of the ongoing “Champions of Justice Reform” campaign, the Coalition for Public Safety is pleased to honor Louisiana state representative Julie Emerson.
Emerson was elected to represent Lafayette and St. Landry parishes in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2015. Since that time, she has become a strong advocate for bipartisan, evidence-based, smart-on-crime reforms. This legislative session, Representative Emerson was a key backer of the 10-bill criminal justice reform package passed by the Louisiana State Legislature. Representative Emerson also authored important legislation to help released prisoners successfully transition into the workforce upon release.
Coalition President Steven Hawkins commented: “The work Julie Emerson is doing to make life after prison easier for released individuals in Louisiana is a crucial step toward a more just system. Louisiana has long stood out as the ‘nation’s largest incarcerator’ and Representative Emerson offers a fresh new perspective to bipartisan reform efforts. We are proud to honor her as our July Champion of Justice Reform, and we are excited to partner with her as her vital work continues.”
The Champions of Justice Reform series profiles individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and political perspectives who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and perseverance in pushing for smart-on-crime policies. The Coalition believes that reforming our justice system through a variety of tactics, including re-entry services, makes communities safer by reducing recidivism.