WATCH: Q&A with NOLA District Attorney Candidates

By Daniel J. Erspamer
Voters in New Orleans will elect a new District Attorney this fall, and the person elected has the potential to transform the city’s criminal justice system for a generation. To get to know the candidates and where they stand on the issues, the Pelican Institute invited each qualified candidate to participate in a live PeliCast...

TAGS: cash bail, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Justice Reinvestment Task Force, Orleans Parish District Attorney, overcriminalization

Playing Politics at the New Orleans Public Defenders Office

By Robert Flanagan
Orleans Parish Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton has announced that his office could soon stop accepting rape and murder cases due to budget cuts. An article by Laura Maggi in the Times-Picayune outlines the situation. The New Orleans City Council has voted to eliminate a $500,000 appropriation to the Public Defenders Office in the 2010...

TAGS: Derwyn Bunton, Orleans Parish District Attorney, Public Defenders Office

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