A former Fort Worth police officer has been arrested and charged with the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Aaron Dean was booked into the Tarrant County Jail for murder and was originally held on a $200,000 bond, according to the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD). He has since bonded out. According to reports, Dean was one […]
The New Orleans city planning commission will hold a public hearing on a plan to expand the city’s jail capacity on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The commission makes recommendations to the City Council on land-use proposals. The plan to expand the Orleans Justice Center was submitted by Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office in […]
Community Organizers & Policymakers Call for Dismissal of Warrants, Fines, & Fees for Traffic OffensesSeptember 25, 2019
Just two days after a Washington Post report showing that New Orleans’ Municipal Court has more than 56,000 outstanding warrants (equivalent to 1 in 7 New Orleans adults having a warrant out for their arrest), community organizers, Orleans Parish public defenders, and local elected officials are joining together to call for the dismissal of all […]
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against New Orleans-based judges twice in one week recently when it comes to how they set fines and fees and how they set bail.
Wayne Stewart was a lifetime resident of The Greater New Orleans area, born and raised in the 9th Ward. Like many others, he attended and graduated from Holy Cross High School thanks to the efforts and sacrifices of his parents. And also like many others, Stewart indulged in many excesses, including drugs. After hearing the […]
If you see yellow-vested workers walking around your neighborhood knocking on doors, don’t call the police. That’s not a scammer or someone attempting a home invasion – those are Amnesty International volunteers fighting against the growing immigrant detention happening right here in Louisiana. When I think of Amnesty International, I tend to picture people working […]
On Tuesday, August 27 Judge Candice Bates-Anderson handed down a sentence of juvenile life for Lynell Reynolds.
After discovering Ramon Torres, a U.S. citizen for ten years, since 2009, was illegally detained at Ascension Parish Jail for four days, the ACLU of Louisiana has announced a lawsuit. It all started in August 2018 when Ramon Torres was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Despite showing multiple forms of […]
New Orleans resident Jerome Morgan is suing Blair’s Bail Bonds over a partial bond refund that was never paid to him.
Editor’s Note: This piece was originally posted on the Vera Institute of Justice’s “Think Justice” blog. It has been reposted here with permission. In the past month alone, 41 heat records were set across the country with temperatures as high as 112 degrees. Who is bearing the brunt of this? The 2.2 million people living in over […]
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