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Louisiana’s incarceration rate is the highest in the world, and costs the state $600-million a year. So how do we change that?

“Nobody’s trying to get murderers and rapists and armed robbers out of jail,” Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson advises. “We’re talking about alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders.”

Yet Louisiana is one of only two states that allows criminal convictions by less than a unanimous jury. (The other is Oregon.)

Exergaming Helps With Bone Density

Mar 28, 2016
Frank Barnett, WRKF

A study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge was conducted to determine what impact, if any, “exergaming” had on weight loss – and the focus was on adolescent girls.

Exergaming, if you don’t already know, is video gaming that requires physical activity – kind of like the Nintendo Wii. However, this study used the Kinect for Xbox, which has no remote.

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Usually “We’re Number One” is something to brag about, but in this case, it’s not a stellar statistic.

“The United States leads the world in the number of people we incarcerate, and Louisiana leads the country. We are number one in the nation in the number of people we lock up,” Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson advised the legislature recently.

But what does that mean, in overall numbers?

Sue Lincoln

With nearly a third of the House members in their first term, Speaker Taylor Barras recently asked House Clerk Butch Speer, “Just review the rules on voting.”

Speer says the basic rules are simple.

“If you’re in the chamber, you are required to vote. If you are not in the chamber, you are not allowed to vote.”

The next rules follow from that, Speer explained.

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“This bill would prohibit requiring school uniforms,” Representative Chris Broadwater of Hammond  told the House Education Committee Wednesday. And he acknowledged it’s one of the most controversial bills he’s ever authored.

But there’s a backstory to the measure. It’s part of a practical lesson in civics.

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