A murder in New Orleans, a trial that lasted less than a day, and the lives they entangled for the next three decades.
A public defender sued for crime camera location records after the city claimed they were too sensitive for public release.
City seeking contract with nonprofit with questionable history handling public funds, but council delays vote
The Family Center of Hope received millions in public funds to build a community center. It was never completed, and the building is still vacant.
The amendment would allow the continued use of the facility’s Temporary Detention Center for housing certain inmates. It will require one more vote from the council.
How New Orleans schools’ ‘graduation rate index’ jumped 20 points in one year (Hint: It’s not the same thing as the graduation rate)
The state’s graduation rate index is a part of its rating system. While the state uses the graduation rate to calculate the index score, the two numbers are not the same.
Company that received large incentive package to create jobs in New Orleans plans to hire overseas, records show
Federal records show that DXC has filed more than 150 applications for H-1B visas.
District Attorney has dropped 83 percent of domestic violence charges in Municipal Court in last two years
Last month, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said that his office was sending almost all domestic violence charges to Municipal Court, rather than state court.
behind the lens
City Council questions a proposed nonprofit contract, NOLA Public Schools touts inflated graduation rate index, and the tragic story of Erin Hunter and New Orleans’ justice system.
No individual leaves prison or jail healthier than when they arrived. Every encounter with law enforcement—including arrest, criminalization, and incarceration—is associated with illness and premature death.The experience of incarceration is so damaging to one’s health that health-care workers, scholars, and formerly incarcerated people have identified Post Incarceration Syndrome as a discrete condition that is now […]
It’s time for the City Council to commit to resilient power investments in New Orleans’ energy infrastructure.
In the second part of his essay, former Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux writes about the events that led to his 2017 retirement.
Former New Orleans IG Ed Quatrevaux on his eight-year tenure and his office’s successes.
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