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.”
In The US, Half Of All Black Males And 40% Of All White Males Are Arrested By Age 23, A New Study Reveals | International Business Times
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.
Louisiana’s profitable prisons | Le Monde diplomatique – The Economist magazine criticized Louisiana’s prison and criminal justice system in November. Now, our prison network, which provides significant economic support to rural parishes, receives international attention from Le Monde diplomatique, a liberal publication based in Paris.
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.
A Community College At “The Farm”? Bobby Jindal’s Destructive and Divisive Higher Education Agenda: A Case Study | CenLamar – Blogger Lamar White argues that the Jindal administration’s higher ed policies are tearing us apart:
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.
Marine Corps influenced charter high school in Algiers comes to life | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – A profile of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy’s new $17 million facility in Federal City.
Report gives local Teach for America educators new hope | Baltimore Sun
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.
Former Louisiana budget director asks: $4 million for what? | Something Like the Truth – Guest blogger Stephen Winham, a former state budget director, holds little hope that a $4 million efficiency commission will uncover magic savings in a tight state budget.
Walter Lee, and Hows and Whys of Corruption Prosecution | Forward Now! – Demographer Elliott Stonecipher uses a recent report on anticipated theft charges for BESE member Walter Lee as a springboard for a meditation on public corruption in Louisiana.
BP’s changing stance on claims payments puzzles experts | The Advocate – This in-depth article tracks BP’s remarkable shift in attitude regarding the terms of its Deepwater Horizon oil-spill settlement. Perhaps it had to do with claimant costs significantly exceeding the company’s estimates.
Report: Great Lakes Only Region to Gain Wetlands | Associated Press – Extensive wetlands restoration efforts are beginning to pay off in the Midwest.
This BP oil pollution isn’t from 2010. It’s from Tuesday. | Stuart H. Smith – At his blog, attorney Smith has a picture of tar balls recently collected from Escambia County, Fla.
Appeals court orders city to remove fence blocking Newcomb Boulevard | The Lens – The ruling ends a years-long battle over the illegal closure of an Uptown street.