Protest at state Capitol for incarceration reform

Yolanda Castillo (left) holds a sign at the steps of the State Capitol. Her nephew is 40 years old and has been incarcerated for 21 years. Castillo was one of several demonstrators Thursday who came with the Louisianans for Prison Alternatives to advocate bills this session that would reform Louisiana incarceration. Photo by Sarah Gamard.

By Sarah Gamard

The Louisiana State Capitol was flooded with a sea of bright blue T-shirts Thursday when more than 100 members of the group Louisianans for Prison Alternatives came to support bills relating to incarceration reform.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) also was there to support the group. Sarah Omojola, an SPLC policy counsel in New Orleans, said twice as many people as expected showed up for the demonstration.

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