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ORLEANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEADERS ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY ON RIGHT SIZING JAIL POPULATION

NEW ORLEANS - 12-28-2015

Representatives of the Mayor's Office, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and other local criminal justice agencies have been engaging with community leaders as part of an ongoing strategic planning process for the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to reduce over-incarceration in local jails.

The collaborative effort brings together partners in the criminal justice system with representatives from criminal justice-affiliated community groups for a constructive dialogue about ways to reduce both misuse of jail and racial and ethnic disparity in the criminal justice system, while maintaining and strengthening public safety.

Since July, the Mayor's Office and Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office held monthly community stakeholder meetings. The meetings focused on a variety of key topics, including:

  • Examining key decision points of the arrest to case disposition process;
  • Reviewing data relevant to the population of the jail and determining challenge areas;
  • Prioritizing challenge areas that affect admissions, length of stay and racial and ethnic disparity;
  • Discussing proposed solutions and determining community stakeholder's priority solutions; and
  • Determining continued role of community stakeholders in efforts to reduce the overuse of incarceration in New Orleans.

"We remain committed to our work with the MacArthur Foundation to reduce the local prison capacity and overuse of jails," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "As we continue to make smart decisions about how we arrest, detain and prosecute, we recognize the importance and value of community engagement. Our collaborative process will strengthen the way that we think about the use of jails and help us to identify reforms at all key decision points from arrest to post disposition."

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OPSO Thanksgiving Celebration Photo Gallery

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Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman hosted the New Orleans community for the 41st annual Sheriff's Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration on Nov. 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Hall I-2 and was a great time to share for all.

The celebration included performances by Grammy Award winning artist Irma Thomas and additional local music from Irvin Mayfield, Leo Nocentelli, James Andrews, Earl Smith, Chucky C., Bobby J., Michael Ward and more. WDSU Anchor/Reporter Gina Swanson served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

 

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