Law enforcement commission fails to honor 24-hour public notice law ahead of meeting

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

A state body that approves millions of dollars in criminal justice grants to local agencies, including those in Orleans Parish, failed to post its agenda 24 hours in advance of Thursday’s meeting, a violation of the state open-meetings law. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s criminal justice czar James Carter is one of 10 local representatives scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Baton Rouge before the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Justice panel squawks about 'rubber stamp' role on agency funding; Carter vows reform

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

James Carter, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s criminal justice coordinator, got an earful Tuesday at his very first meeting with the city’s Criminal Justice Council. The panel, comprising judges, the sheriff, the police chief and the occasional City Council member meets annually to allot state and federal grants that this year were just shy of $2 million.