It’s #GivingTuesday

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 the PayPal donation button on the right or by 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.

2 Notations to 2015 Data & Statistics Report

Court Watch NOLA has added 2 footnotes to its previously published 2015 Data & Statistics Report to include the following new information:

  • The number of arrests made in New Orleans Police Department First District (“NOPD”) includes arrests made at the Orleans Justice Center jail, the New Orleans Police Department Headquarters, and the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, all of which are located in NOPD’s First District. If arrests made at these three locations are subtracted from the Arrests by District chart on page 5 of the Report, then the First District’s numbers are on par with the other Districts’ arrest numbers.
  • The percentage of cases terminated by nolle prosequi, depicted in the Case Dispositions chart on page 11 of the Report, includes 377 clients who were accepted into the OPDA’s Diversion Program in 2015 as an alternative to continued prosecution.

Check out our new 2015 Data & Statistics Report!

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.

Court Watch NOLA Entering Magistrate Court

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.

People Are Talking About Our 2015 Annual Report

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!