House Resolution 67 created the Clean Slate Task Force to direct the implementation of automatic criminal record clearing in the state of Louisiana. Composed of various criminal justice stakeholders (e.g., Governor, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, State Police, Sheriff’s Association, District Attorney’s Association, etc.), the task force is entrusted to analyze criminal record data from local and state government agencies, recommend policy/ legislation necessary to enact future automatic criminal record-clearing, and recommend funds (i.e., budget) necessary enact relative legislation. Per HR 67, the task force is required to submit a report of findings and policy recommendations to the Governor and the House of Representatives of the Louisiana Legislature.
House Resolution 64 cites recent reports by Solitary Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, and the Jesuit Social Research Institute on severe physical and mental damage caused by the use of solitary confinement in U.S prisons. This bill requests the Department of Public Safety and Corrections collect data on the use of solitary confinement and report all findings to the House of Representatives of the Louisiana Legislature. In accordance, the department is directed to collect demographic information (e.g., race, sex, age, length of sentence, years incarcerated, etc.) on persons placed in solitary confinement, duration, reason for placement, and gather statements from inmates on their personal experiences in solitary confinement. Per HR 64 the department is required to report all findings by May 2021.
Known as the “Police Data Accountability, Transparency, and Analysis Act,” this bill created the Law Enforcement Data Task Force to oversee collection, analysis, and reporting of data by small and rural law enforcement agencies. Task force duties included: assessing methods of data collection, methods of utilizing data collection and transmission of collected data. Task force aimed to provide relative information regarding racial profiling, public confidence, public safety and community engagement to law enforcement policies.