Office of Criminal Justice Coordination

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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.  

Inconsistent reporting makes it hard to tell how many inmates return to prison. Several states this year have reported lower rates of recidivism, showing that fewer convicted criminals are being re-arrested after leaving prison. Recidivism data tracks the number of convicted offenders who engage in new criminal activities after being released from prison or jail within a specific time frame, typically ranging from one to five years. To learn more regarding inconsistent reporting, check out this Louisiana Illuminator article. 

2023 Recap: Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination Newsletter

Click here to view OCJC 2023 Recap Newsletter. This newsletter includes a letter from the commissioner, grants management, program spotlight, national trends, and more. 

News

Black Health Summit Event 

On February 24, 2024, CrescentCare will host their first ever Black Health Summit event. This event will be located at CrescentCare, 1631 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, La 70117, from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Black Health Summit event will feature a community resource fair with over 25 community partnering resources, free health screening, and linkage to care. There will be a series of educational panels with topics including Medical Mistrust, Women & Maternal Health, Importance of Men's Health, Mental Health, and Black Youth. The event will be closed out by a musical experience from St. Roch’s own Bentley Bars Entertainment featuring DJ Pedro The Juice, 504 Mills, DJ PJ, Bag Boy Millions, and BJ So Cole. This is a FREE event and open to all. Please register using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/Z2kcCMMLj8. For question, please contact Glenis Scott, Jr. (504) 274-8998 glenis.scott@crescentcare.org 

Commissioner Tenisha Stevens Issues Statement on Passing of Harry Connick, Sr. 

Criminal Justice Commissioner Tenisha Stevens today issued the following statement on the passing of Harry Connick, Sr.:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Connick, Sr. I, along with my entire staff, offer my sincerest condolences and prayers to the entire Connick family,” said Commissioner Tenisha Stevens.  

“Harry Connick Sr. leaves a legacy as a dedicated public servant and father. He has left a tremendous mark on New Orleans criminal legal system working as the longest-serving Orleans Parish District Attorney. Connick’s contributions to the city of New Orleans will continue to stay with us after his passing. May he rest in peace.” 

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. 

Celebrate Black History Month with OCJC

NOPD 2023 Annual Crime Statistic Comparisons  

New Orleans Police Department released statistical data regarding 2023 crime comparisons to the past years. The crime figures are from persons and property crimes. This data is sourced from NOPD’s electronic police reports, with the latest incident date being December 31, 2023. To view the latest figures, click here.

Enhance Your Leadership Abilities and Skills 

Leadership Institute of National Victim Assistance Academy is providing a skill-based training to assist individuals in becoming a more effective leader to their team, work group, or organization. The training will take place over the course of 11 weeks virtually, beginning on January 22, 2024. There is no cost to attend the training. To learn more about the trainings and sign up for the courses, click here.  

Most Impactful Laws in 2024

The New York Times takes a look at the most impactful laws for 2024. A spate of new state laws includes gun ownership, rise in minimum wage, and gender transition care. At least 36 states have enacted new laws on voting in 2023, but most of the practical effects won't be felt until primary and general elections in 2024. To learn more about new state laws that are going into effect, click here.

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.

ARPA Electric & Gas Utility Assistance Program

Total Community Action, Incorporated (TCA) as a subrecipient of the City of New Orleans announces, ARPA Electric and Gas Utility Arrearage's Assistance Program. This program will assist residents of Orleans Parish with eliminating electric and gas arrearages, by providing direct payments to Entergy in the full amount of the debt. For more information on service hours and required documents residents may check the TCA website, www.tca-nola.org; Facebook Total Community Action; Twitter TCANOLA or by calling (504)267-4298. Please see flyer for additional information.

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!