Council members appear supportive of the plan, proposed by the Vera Institute for Justice last month. But a prominent crime watchdog group and the Orleans DA have criticized jail population reduction efforts.
Only highest-risk defendants would be jailed under the plan. Judges would impose $1 bail for crimes that require cash bail under state law. The group says the proposal would save the city millions in funding for the jail.
The themes of what could be a tough election in 2020 may have already started to emerge. Councilman Jason Williams has criticized DA Cannizzaro’s hardball tactics. Cannizzaro has taken on a tough-on-crime message.