Orleans Parish Juvenile Court officials pleaded their case to City Council members Friday against the Landrieu administration’s more than $90,000 cut to their personnel funding, and a more than $300,000 cut to support services funding for at-risk youth. The Juvenile Court is beseeching the council for $3.9 million total in funding for next year, nearly the same as this year’s amount.
By Steve Beatty, The Lens staff writer |
Despite concerns from some neighbors, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said this week that the city will rebuild its juvenile jail where it now stands – right across from a city playground and the site of a planned high school in the Bayou St. John area.
A continuing tradition of financial secrecy by some elected judges defies a decades-old state transparency law and creates a virtual black robe around judicial budgets in New Orleans.