A new report by the American Civil Liberties Union gives Louisiana high
marks for it's ongoing prison reform efforts.

Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman says Louisiana has taken legislative steps to make it easier for certain inmates that earn certain criteria to earn the right to parole. 

Esman says despite the improvements Louisiana still has a long way to go when it comes to prison reform. She says one area where the state can still improve, is workforce training for prisoners who have been released. Esman says another solution would be for the state to give shorter sentences to non-violent offenders. She says the money saved could go back into parole and probation systems.