New Orleans Criminal Justice Reform
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has had a critical opportunity to rebuild it’s criminal and juvenile justice systems to be more effective, just, and fair. JJPL has been working alongside a number of our partners in the city to ensure that New Orleans does not replicate the mistakes of the past, and instead can rebuild a system based on best practices, demonstrated public safety outcomes, and fairness for all.
Currently, JJPL is an active member of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC), a group of concerned organizations and individuals from diverse political, economic, and cultural backgrounds. We represent a broad sector of the New Orleans community who have come together to advocate for a smaller jail and the reallocation of funds from incarceration and detention to building the infrastructure of a caring community. In February 2011, due in great part to the work of OPPRC, the City Council of New Orleans mandated by unanimous vote that the replacement jail for OPP have a capacity of 1,438 beds, significantly smaller than it’s pre-Katrina size of over 7,000 and it’s current capacity of 3,500 beds. Currently, OPPRC is working to ensure full support and implementation of the reforms necessary to reduce the detention population to this size, as well as the improvement of unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the current facility.
For more information please visit the OPPRC website.