Court Watch NOLA is proud to publish its newest report on data and statistics from 2015 provided by multiple criminal justice agencies, including Innocence Project of New Orleans, Louisiana Public Defender Board, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination, New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Criminal Court Judicial Administrator, Orleans Parish District Attorney, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Vera Institute of Justice -New Orleans Office New Orleans Pretrial Services.
The majority of this information has never before been published to the public. Court Watch NOLA uses a people-centered model in monitoring Orleans Parish criminal courts. This report aims to shed light on those affected by crime and the criminal justice system in 2015.
Since 2007, Court Watch NOLA has monitored Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. As of this morning, May 16, 2016, Court Watch NOLA is officially adding the Orleans Parish Magistrate Court to its list of courts monitored. Check out our new Magistrate Court data sheet to learn the topics for which court watchers will be collecting data.
Follow the Associated Press, WDSU News, and WWNO Public Radio to learn more about Court Watch NOLA’s upcoming entry into Magistrate Court.
Court Watch NOLA released its 2015 Annual Report this morning, and it’s already causing a stir! Feel free to also check out our quick write-up, and sign our online petition to get criminal evidence out of the courthouse basement.
Check out what Ken Daly and Jarvis DeBerry of Nola.com have to say about it. Also check out video coverage discussing CWN’s recommendation for soundproof booths in every courtroom to ensure confidential attorney-client conversation. Here are The Advocate’s and Associated Press’s takes on our 2015 report. Additionally, did you hear us on Monday’s morning WWL radio show or Wednesday’s New Orleans Public Radio? If you’d like to hear more, we’ll be on three WBOK spots over the next couple weeks!
Join Court Watch NOLA’s online petition to remove criminal case evidence from the basement of the Orleans Criminal District Court!
Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all. And COURT WATCH NOLA is participating.
Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight on May 3rd will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Last year, Court Watch NOLA raised $1000, and this year we have set a goal of $1500. The minimum donation is $10. All donations made on May 3rd give us the opportunity to earn lagniappe dollars, awards, and hourly prizes.
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Court Watch NOLA is ringing in the New Year with a 2016 data sheet which our trained court watchers will use to monitor the Orleans Criminal District Court. We welcome feedback or questions from any stakeholders of the Orleans Parish criminal justice system, including the general public, judges, district attorneys, defense attorneys, court personnel, sheriff deputies, department of corrections officers, victims of crimes, and New Orleans Police Department officers. We are also pleased to announce that Court Watch NOLA will be expanding its monitoring activities to Orleans Municipal and Magistrate Courts in 2016! We wish you all a very Happy New Year!
We at Court Watch NOLA are immensely grateful for contributions to support our cause: ensuring direct accountability, transparency, and fairness in Orleans Criminal Courts. Please consider helping Court Watch NOLA this holiday season by any of three ways:
1) BECOME a volunteer court watcher by signing up here;
2) DONATE by clicking here or sending a check to P.O. Box 750633, New Orleans, LA 70175-0633; or
3) PURCHASE Amazon.com goods by signing into your account through this link.
Court Watch NOLA had a wonderful time making two recent guest appearances on WBOK 1230 AM radio shows! On October 27, 2015, we appeared on the Grapevine Radio Show with host Grayland. Click here to listen in. We appear at about the 7:00 minute of the clip. On November 6, 2015, we had the additional pleasure of appearing on the The Good Morning Show and answering some very important questions from callers! You can listen in here.
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. The longer a case takes, the more likely that key evidence and witnesses are lost. Court delays require police to spend more time in court and less time on patrol. For defendants awaiting trial, delays mean an unfair and expensive proposition with taxpayers paying for pretrial incarceration and indigent defendants who cannot pay their bail remaining incarcerated, whether innocent or not. Court Watch Nola’s 2014 Efficiency Report focuses on reduction of courtroom delays to promote fairness, public safety, and cost-effective provision of public resources.
Also, for the first time ever, Court Watch NOLA has released cutting-edge statistics about the criminal justice system. With the release of these 2014 Data and Statistics, Court Watch NOLA takes a concrete step forward in providing the people of New Orleans greater transparency into the Orleans Criminal District Court.
Click here to read The Advocate’s article.
Court Watch NOLA is hopeful that the reopening of the docks will allow for safer transportation of prisoners into the Orleans Criminal District Court. Executive Director Simone Levine relayed a concern expressed by some court personnel and judges to Fox 8 News. For more information, click here.