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Meet AG candidates Liz Murrill and Lindsey Cheek; why La. is seeing a steep drop in parole numbers

Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative found a steep drop across the country in the number of people who were granted parole and early release from prison over the last few years. Louisiana’s numbers were some of the starkest.

Richard Webster covered the report for Verite News in New Orleans. He joins us to explain the causes and consequences of fewer paroles being granted in Louisiana.

Gov.-elect Jeff Landry won his seat outright, but there are still plenty of races headed to runoffs on Election Day, Nov. 18.

In the time between now and then Louisiana Considered is airing conversations with the candidates for the statewide offices with elections ahead: Attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state.

Today: Attorney general. We hear from Democrat Lindsey Cheek about why she got into the race, and what she hopes to accomplish if elected. And we hear from the Republican candidate, Solicitor General Liz Murrill, about her tenure in state politics and her work with Gov.-elect Landry.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Bob Pavlovich. Our assistant producer is Aubry Procell and our engineer is Garrett Pittman. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12 and 7 p.m. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Bob Pavlovich, a long-time fill-in host for New Orleans Public Radio, joined the station full-time in 2023. He hosts "All Things Considered" and "Louisiana Considered" on Thursdays.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.