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Our Views: A coalition on prisons | The New Orleans Advocate – The Advocate editorial board applauds the coalition between progressive and libertarian groups advocating for prison reform. However, they point out that the cost savings from sentencing reform will be slight because the state will have to invest more in parole officers, who currently have “unmanageably large caseloads.”
The study [published in the journal Crime & Delinquency] found that by age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested, and by the time they are 23 years old, the proportions increased to 49 percent, 44 percent and 38 percent respectively.
Inmate has support but faces release hurdles | The Advocate – Convicted killer Linh Nguyen has broad support for relief from his 25-year sentence — including his trial judge, his prison warden and the parole board. But not the governor. A further complication: Nguyen never became a U.S. citizen after moving here from Vietnam in 1993.
We are making public education less affordable and less accessible to the poor and middle class, and then pretending as if marginal improvements in graduation rates somehow demonstrate that the system now performs better.
A study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education found that Teach for America teachers — recent college graduates or professionals who commit to teaching in low-performing, low-income public schools for at least two years — were as effective, if not more, at teaching math as those from similar programs or even career educators.
Government & Politics
Informed Sources – Lens Reporter Tyler Bridges discusses the background of the recent Lens story on past tax problems of current mayoral candidates. Panelist and “Informed Sources” producer Errol Laborde said Bridges’ story might have prevented a last-minute smear campaign that sensationalized Michael Bagneris’ past debts. Bridges also talked about the Bagneris campaign’s political strategy to unseat Mayor Mitch Landrieu.