Pretrial program gets at least a temporary stay of execution

Rumors that the city’s pretrial assessment program met its demise Friday at the hands of Criminal Court judges turn out to be exaggerated.

In fact, the program, run by the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, is up and running at the Orleans Parish jail at least through the end of the month and perhaps well beyond that.

Crime chief proposing more money for pretrial screening

New Orleans’ criminal justice commissioner said Wednesday he wants to more than  triple the city money provided to the Vera Institute for Justice’s pretrial services program at Orleans Parish Prison. The program is designed to help assess the flight risk and danger to the community that an arrestee poses.