LFF Summer Challenge - Complete!

August 10, 2018

Friends,

Schools back in, summer’s HOT and LFF’s Challenge was a powerful success!

Louisiana Family Forum succeeds because of the dedication of its shareholders – churches, families, and businesses across the state who recognize that our voices are heard loudest in the halls of government when we speak as one. Thank you for loaning your voice and your influence to LFF so that when we speak, we have an impact that is unmistakable. The issues we will face in the coming months will shape Louisiana for our children and grandchildren.

I believe we will live to see an abortion-free Louisiana first, then America! We will have the freedom to live, work, and speak consistent with our conscience and faith!  In our lifetime, we will see government right-sized to a level commensurate with Louisiana’s modest population and adjusted by inflation. We will live to see gambling’s social impact exposed, understood and the parties responsible held accountable. We will live to see parents empowered to choose the best education for their children.

Your 'loaned' influence and gracious generosity have helped once again make this vision possible! On behalf of Team LFF, and with gratitude, we say Thank You. We pledge to advance faith, family, and freedom across our great state.

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
and Criminal Justice Reform

Last night, I was honored to address a reception hosted by The Pelican Institute, Smart on Crime Louisiana, and Right on Crime at the ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans to discuss best practices for criminal justice reform and the Louisiana model.

Daniel Erspamer, CEO of The Pelican Institute, commented that “Gene was asked to speak at the reception for criminal justice because he has been a strong conservative leading voice in our fight in reforming criminal justice in Louisiana. We appreciated him bringing a faith-based perspective and he lead the reception in prayer.” LFF values our relationship with Daniel and The Pelican Institute and are grateful that they are carrying out, with excellence, the meaningful work started by my good friend, Kevin Kane.

Coincidentally, our gathering occurred the same day as the Trump Administration roundtable meeting with several governors and state attorneys general who have embraced a ‘smart on rehabilitation’ prison reform in their respective states.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and I often disagree on policy, but on two important questions - we seem to be on the same page:

  1. Should Louisiana taxpayers demand a better return on their $700 million tax investment in Louisiana Corrections than the designation as "incarceration capital of America?"
  2. Should we expect more than a 40 percent recidivism rate after five years, or should we demand a system that prepares the incarcerated for release?

At the meeting, President Trump was invited by Edwards to tour America’s finest re-entry court program at Angola Prison. Thanks primarily to Judge Scott Schlegel and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, this program is the best-kept secret and untold good news story in Louisiana!

We can’t overstate the importance of the combined impact of specialty courts and moral rehabilitation in reducing recidivism rates to give prisoners and their families a real chance to succeed after incarceration. I’m committed to working with these dedicated partners to see that men and women leave prison with a testimony first, as well as an education, job skills, parenting skills, and addiction recovery – all necessary toward a successful whole life re-set.

In His Service With You,

Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. – In the event that your local news outlet failed to report the release of LFF's Legislative Report Card, click here to get yours and feel free to share with your family, friends, and church. The Advocate, Times-Picayune, Times of Acadiana, Shreveport Times, and American Press apparently felt LFF's Scorecard was not newsworthy. It's up to you to make sure the information gets into the hands of voters across the state.

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