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Long-Awaited Improvements Coming to New Orleans Police Department

Long-Awaited Improvements Coming to New Orleans Police Department

By Marjorie Esman, ACLU of Louisiana at 2:56pm
Earlier this week, the City of New Orleans and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered a consent decree to revamp the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). A consent decree” is essentially a contract monitored by a judge to ensure that the terms of the agreement are met. This is the broadest such agreement in the DOJ's history, covering all aspects of the NOPD from recruitment and training to officer discipline. It will, literally, remake the NOPD and, we hope, remake the city of New Orleans.
Gov. Jindal Signs Parole Reform in Louisiana

Gov. Jindal Signs Parole Reform in Louisiana

By Marjorie Esman, ACLU of Louisiana at 5:52pm

Louisiana's prison crisis has been much in the news recently. Just a few days ago I posted about the terrible conditions and what the ACLU is doing to help alleviate the overcrowding and over-sentencing.

In that post I mentioned an ACLU-sponsored…

What We’re Doing About Louisiana’s Prison Crisis

What We’re Doing About Louisiana’s Prison Crisis

By Marjorie Esman, ACLU of Louisiana at 12:02pm

The Times-Picayune recently finished an exposé of the crisis in the Louisiana prison system. Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, at enormous human and financial cost. In an eight-part series that later became the source…

Racial Inequities Five Years after Katrina

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program & Marjorie Esman, ACLU of Louisiana at 3:05pm

A conversation between Dennis Parker and Marjorie Esman about Hurricane Katrina and the racial injustices that it exposed to the rest of the country.

Dennis Parker: Let me begin the conversation by asking you, Marjorie, as a New Orleans …

Based on a True Story: Treme Documents Work of the ACLU

By Marjorie Esman, ACLU of Louisiana at 4:41pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

The HBO series Treme, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, is the most realistic portrait of that troublesome time that I've seen in the almost five years since it occurred. As a New Orleans resident…

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