A.  The legislature finds that the safety and welfare of the people of this state; the interests of the criminal justice community in prisoner security, humane and just conditions for prisoners, reduced recidivism, and rehabilitation of criminal offenders; and the need for more efficient and effective use of limited state resources may all be well served by the use of nontraditional approaches to the incarceration of prisoners.  

B.  In view of Subsection A of this Section, it is the purpose of this Part to assure that a practical examination of the use of such nontraditional approaches is undertaken by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and considered by the legislature and the governor.  

Acts 1990, No. 553, §1.