In the 24th Judicial District located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Judge Scott Schlegel created and presides over one of the most progressive and innovative criminal courts—though Judge Schlegel is quick to say that he has not created anything and accomplishments are the result of building upon the pioneers who went before him. Among those pioneers are Judge Laurie White and Judge Arthur Hunter of the Orleans Criminal District Court, both of whom are responsible for initiating the Reentry Courts in Louisiana in 2010 and were recently recognized by the American Bar Association as “Legal Rebels”. Other legal rebels in their own right include Judge Rusty Knight of St. Tammany Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana as well as Judge Ann Aiken, Federal District Court in Oregon, who utilized technology early in her work with probationers and parolees. From the experience of these early reentry court pioneers, Judge Schlegel is raising the bar on how a criminal court judge can effect criminal justice reforms from the bench.
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