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Kennedy: 'Zero confidence' in Louisiana corrections agency

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy slammed Gov. John Bel Edwards' criminal justice overhaul, saying he doesn't believe the corrections department can properly administer the changes to protect public safety.
The Republican senator released a video and statement Tuesday from Washington, where the Democratic governor participated in an event championing the law changes.
The legislation won bipartisan support, but has been controversial.
Supporters say the changes will lessen Louisiana's top-of-the-nation incarceration rate and pump more money into rehabilitation programs. Kennedy zeroed in on bills that allow the early release of inmates by expanding probation and parole opportunities, mainly for non-violent offenders.
Kennedy cited "numerous scandals" at the department, including allegations of fraud, nepotism and theft. He says agency leadership "has repeatedly shown that it is unfit to administer" the criminal justice overhaul.

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