NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the City of New Orleans released the second part of a third-party study of the New Orleans criminal justice system.
Earlier this year, the City commissioned The Public Financial Management Group (PFM) to research best practices, analyze operational and budgetary data from across the criminal justice system, and conduct over 30 meetings with key stakeholders.
In the first part of their report released earlier this month, PFM provided an overview of each interconnected section of the Orleans Parish Criminal Justice System and made a case for better coordination and accountability throughout the system. Furthermore, PFM outlined a series of budgetary performance measures used in other jurisdictions and laid out other opportunities for collaboration between groups and agencies.
In the second part of their report released today, PFM focuses exclusively on findings and recommendations related to improving the Orleans Parish Criminal Justice System and eliminating duplications. Among the findings is that New Orleans has more separate court systems than any other parish in Louisiana. PFM suggests opportunities for greater efficiency based on current staffing patterns, including merging Traffic Court into Municipal Court, the centralization and improvement of fine and fee collections, and improving coordination and reducing overall staffing levels through the creation of a central, single judicial administrator.
The PFM report is attached.