Indictments and Trials Finally Come in Police Shootings of Blacks, Minorities

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent Recent indictments and convictions suggest a swinging pendulum, and at least some cracks in the “Blue Wall” that all too often conspires to hide details and protect officers guilty of unjust shootings of African Americans and others. Prosecutors in Chicago have won an...

Mayor Landrieu, Criminal Justice Stakeholders Announce New Public Safety Assessment Tool Designed to Reduce Jail Population

 On Monday (April 23), Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in partnership with the Supreme Court of Louisiana, Criminal District Court, and other criminal justice and community stakeholders, announced a new program, the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) Model, a risk assessment tool and decision-making matrix aimed at continuing to reduce the jail population in...

Sheriff’s Office to hold community meeting April 17

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a community meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday April 17 in Rms. 131-135 of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building at Dillard University. Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman and Compliance Director Darnley Hodge will provide updates on accomplishments and challenges at the Orleans Justice Center during...

City Council Criminal Justice Committee to Discuss Pre-Booking Diversion Program

Councilwoman Guidry will provide update on 2016's Marijuana Reform Ordinance  The New Orleans City Council Criminal Justice Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday (March 27) in the New Orleans City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido St., to discuss the LEAD Program, a pre-booking diversion program piloted in the NOPD’s 8th District. ...

City Breaks Ground on the 28-Bed Expansion of Youth Study Center

On March 9, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, city officials and community leaders broke ground on the 28-bed expansion of the Youth Study Center (YSC) at 1100 Milton Street. The $14.8 million, 22,000-square foot expansion will allow for increased services to accommodate juvenile offenders being housed at the Orleans Justice Center. “Since...

Orleans Parish DA Under Fire

[contentblock id=1 img=gcb.png] Protestors gathered in front of Criminal District Court (Tulane Avenue and Broad Street) Tuesday (May 16) calling for sanctions against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. The demonstration was organized by a coalition of organizations and led by Our Revolution NOLA, a local chapter of a national group...

A Dozen People Set to Graduate from OPSO Day Reporting Program

[contentblock id=1 img=gcb.png] Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will officiate the graduation of 12 individuals from the New Orleans Day Reporting Center (NODRC on next Tuesday, Feb. 14. The ceremony marks the center’s 25th graduation since the program’s inception in 2009. In all, 577 individuals have successfully completed the requirements of...