Criminal Justice

Live blog: City Council discusses funding, effectiveness of NOLA for Life programs

City officials are expected to provide answers on the budget and effectiveness of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s NOLA for Life violence reduction plan Wednesday, in the third of three criminal justice budget meetings.

The Lens will live-blog the meeting here, starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The City Council last discussed NOLA for Life in a Criminal Justice Committee meeting on May 22, shortly after the Mother’s Day second-line shooting. Members of the committee had said they hoped the Landrieu administration would provide enough information on the NOLA for Life programs to perform a cost-benefit analysis. Councilwoman Stacy Head said she left that meeting disappointed.

“I am concerned about what appears to be a less-than-transparent process with little public awareness or, certainly, council awareness, about what we’re doing under the NOLA for Life umbrella,” she said in an interview. “The presentation we received this week was really more of a PR presentation than the nuts and bolts of it.”

Since that meeting, The Lens has reported on the privately administered grantmaking arm of the initiative, the NOLA for Life Fund, including:

Also on the agenda are the Coroner’s Office, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and Orleans Public Defender. The Sheriff’s Office had been scheduled as well, but he is in federal court Wednesday for a hearing about the agency’s budget, related to a consent decree for Orleans Parish Prison.

Live blog

This post was updated after publication to note that the committee changed its agenda for the meeting on Tuesday.

Help us report this story     Report an error    
The Lens' donors and partners may be mentioned or have a stake in the stories we cover.
About Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.

  • ejr

    This is so informative. I can’t get the taped meetings on public-access cable anymore, so I really appreciate the work that your reporters are doing to make local government visible.

  • French Cliché

    You can watch most of the content broadcast on GOV Cable access here on the city’s website:

  • ejr

    Thanks, I didn’t know that.