Once the state leader in the use habitual offender sentencing enhancements, Cannizzaro’s office now lags nearby jurisdictions. The change appears related to 2017 criminal justice reform legislation.
| November 29, 2018
Cantrell budget proposal says the additional funds will be spent on pretrial diversion, but DA Cannizzaro says the money will be spent on prosecutor salaries.
| November 20, 2018
Police, DA and city surveillance system get bumps in Cantrell’s budget, but public defender appropriation remains steady. Decreased camera tickets could lead to lost funding for defense.
| November 14, 2018
We balance court budgets on the backs of those least able to pay.
Opinion | November 5, 2018
The researcher whose work was used in NOLA for Life, Chicago “heat list” is involved in developing the new program for Cantrell’s violence reduction task force. Task force members hope the list will be used to direct residents to social services, not police.
| October 24, 2018
Appeals court affirms 2017 ruling in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Cannizzaro’s office has partially complied with that ruling.
| October 10, 2018
Appealing an earlier ruling for news outlet, Cannizzaro’s office says that public records requests for so-called “DA subpoenas” were too broad. The Lens is asking for more records.
| September 6, 2018
The budget committee advanced a proposal to fund eight new cameras through the Gentilly Development District. The cameras would be linked to the city’s surveillance hub.
| August 30, 2018
We will focus on criminal justice, from 911 call to court files.
| July 18, 2018
The audit confirms The Lens’ findings about the effect of the programs, which allow DAs to keep fines in exchange for dropping traffic tickets.
| July 16, 2018