Welcome to the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice Coordination (OCJC)

The OCJC is dedicated to fostering a criminal and juvenile justice system that is accountable, coordinated, equitable, efficient, and effective. We believe that by promoting open communication and collaboration among all stakeholders within the justice system, we can create policies and practices that better serve our community.

Our team works tirelessly to ensure that decisions made within the criminal and juvenile justice system are informed by reliable data and evidence-based best practices. We strive to identify areas where improvements can be made and work with our partners to implement solutions that promote fairness, transparency, and positive outcomes for all.

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Orleans Parish Warrant Clinic

The Office of Criminal Justice Coordination is partnering with Dillard Univeristy's Center for Racial Justice, the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, Court Watch Nola, Municipal and Traffic Court, and the City's Attorney's Office to host a Warrant Reduction Clinic at Joe Brown Park on August 24, 2024. This event is funded through the John D. and Catherne T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge. This clinic will be an opportunity for community members to resolve misdemeanor, traffic offense and bench warrants in a community without fear of arrest. Scan the QR code to register for the clinic. 

 

 

Join us for the We Keep Us Safe Community Meeting on Thursday July 25, 2024

Please join us from 6 - 8pm at 2021 South Dupree for a conversation about the state of our community. We want to identify strengths, issues, challenges, and opportunities to create safe and thriving neighborhoods. Please click on this link for more information. 

ATTENTION: Permitless Concealed Carry is Legal as of July 4, 2024

On July 4, 2024, SB 1 (Act 1), which provides the right to carry concealed hsandguns without a permit, will go into effect. For more information, please click here

Reversal of "Raise the Age" Legislation Will Take Effect Friday, April 19, 2024

On Friday, April 19, 2024, “Raise the Age” legislation will be reversed, and a 17-year-old in Louisiana will be deemed an adult in the criminal legal system. To read the Act click here. In addition to the harmful effects on children and families, this legislation will affect criminal legal system operations. The Office of Criminal Justice Coordination estimates that, as a result of this legislation, the average daily jail population will increase by 26 people with the addition of 17-year-old detainees, based on observations of juvenile arrests and adult jail population over the last 15 months. This represents an increase of 2.3% in the average daily jail population of 1,141 people. For more information on how OCJC arrived at this estimation, please see the linked document.

Please contact Theresa McKinney at theresa.mckinney@nola.gov for any questions regarding jail population estimates and methodology and Adrienne Tobler at adrienne.tobler@nola.gov regarding interagency coordination as it relates to operational changes as a result of this legislation. 

OCJC remains committed to working with all of our stakeholders to realize our collective vision of humane and comprehensive justice for all persons at all points in the justice system to ultimately foster safe and flourishing communities. 

Criminal Justice Commissioner Tenisha Stevens Issues Statement on Mass Shooting Tragedy

April 15, 2024 - "My thoughts are prayers are with those affected by last night's mass shooting," said Criminal Justice Commissioner Tenisha Stevens. "This tragedy in our community is simply unacceptable. From strengthening weak gun laws to expanding comprehensive programming that addresses the root cause of violence, it is imperative that we establish a culture of accountability at all levels, from our legislature to our criminal legal system. As Criminal Justice Commissioner, I commit to continuing to work with local, state, and federal partners to make our city safer."

New Orleans Recieves Mention from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers During Remarks at the Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative Grantee Conference

On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered remarks at Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative Grantee Conference. During his remarks, AG Garland noted that New Orleans has achieved a 25% reduction in homicides in the past year. To read the full remarks click here

As a FY 2023 Office of Justice Programs Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative Grant Recipient, the City of New Orleans, with partners from Ubuntu Village, are in attendance of the conference. To read more about the grant click here

What is OCJC Reading?

Louisiana Leads Nation for the Most People with State Sentences Held in Local Jails

Louisiana leads the nation for state prisoners held in local jails. More than 14,000, 54%, of Louisiana prisoners in state custody are severing their time in local jails than state facilities. For decades Louisiana relied on parish sheriffs to supplement state prisons with local jail capacity in order to avoid overcrowding at state prisons. To learn more regarding state prisoners held in local jails, check out this Louisiana Illuminator article.

Shortage of Prosecutors Leads to Court Backlogs 

Still reeling from the pandemic, court systems are currently working to clear their case backlogs. Many court systems have moved cases faster using virtual court proceedings, online jury selection, and court data dashboards. Several state legislators are focused on shortages of judges and prosecutors. Backlogs in most states are criminal cases. These cases cannot be conducted online due to criminal defendants having a constitutional right to face their accusers. Backlog poses significant challenging for defendants, whose right to a speedy trail. Click here to read more information. 

Lynnfield Launches New Program 

Lynnfield Police Department and A Healthy Lynnfield launches a new program aim to assist residents in obtaining support for their behavioral health requirements. In this program Lynnfield Police Community Outreach Team are trained in crisis intervention and mental health first aid. This training allows the collaboration of an experienced team to link individuals with services. Click here to read more about Lynnfield’s new program.

Budget

On Novemeber 1, 2023, the Cantrell Administration submitted the proposed budget to the City Council. Creating the City’s Annual Operating Budget is among the most important decisions the Cantrell Administration makes. The City’s budget sends a strong message about the City’s priorities. 

  • On November 10th, Commissioner Stevens presented the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice Coordination's budget. The presentation is linked here.  
  • On December 1, the 2024 Budget was adopted. Check back soon for the 2024 Budget Book!

Office of Criminal Justice Coordination

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June 26, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

REMINDER: City of New Orleans Announces Upcoming Public Safety Summit, Encourages Public to Register

The City of New Orleans today reminds residents that the Mayor's Office will host “Public Safety Summit: Building Connections for a Safer New Orleans” on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Medical Center, located at 2000 Canal St. The summit is free and open to the public and will bring together public safety professionals and community members from a broad spectrum of disciplines to work together to address violence reduction in New Orleans. 

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June 20, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Announces Upcoming Public Safety Summit, Encourages Public to Register

The City of New Orleans today announced that the Mayor's Office will host “Public Safety Summit: Building Connections for a Safer New Orleans” on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Medical Center, located at 2000 Canal St. The summit is free and open to the public and will bring together public safety professionals and community members from a broad spectrum of disciplines to work together to address violence reduction in New Orleans. 

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April 15, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

COMMISSIONER STEVENS ISSUES STATEMENT ON WAREHOUSE DISTRICT INCIDENT

New Orleans Office of Criminal Justice Coordination Commissioner Tenisha Stevens today released the following statement on last night’s incident in the Warehouse District.

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March 18, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Hosts Readiness Event to Enhance Public Safety during Special Major Events

 In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), the City of New Orleans is hosting a multiday readiness event from Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22. The purpose of this initiative is continuous collaboration, preparedness and improvements for local, state and federal first responders to address tactical, radiological, nuclear and chemical scenarios and to enhance future operations.  

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March 13, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Congratulations Commissioner Stevens

Congratulations to The Office of Criminal Justice Coordination Commissioner, Tenisha Stevens, who will be serving on various Super Bowl LIX committees. 

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March 9, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans and Total Community Action Awarded $474K to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Justice System

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination (OCJC) and Total Community Action, Inc. (TCA) are the recipients of a $474K grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to deepen the push to eliminate racial and ethnic inequities in New Orleans’ local criminal legal system. 

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