In Nation’s Incarceration Capital, a New D.A. Is Freeing People From Prison
New Orleans DA Jason Williams is making changes to remedy excessive sentencing, obstacles to parole, and convictions made by nonunanimous juries.
Katie Jane Fernelius Apr 21, 2021
A D.A. Runoff Will Decide New Orleans’ Criminal Justice Future
In the nation’s incarceration capital, activists push for a prosecutor who will make sweeping reforms.
Katie Jane Fernelius Nov 23, 2020
How New Orleans Activists Are Pushing D.A. Candidates to End Mass Incarceration
The retirement of a notoriously harsh DA has opened the door for criminal justice reform in New Orleans.
Katie Jane Fernelius Oct 08, 2020
COVID-19 Stalls Efforts to Help People with Felony Convictions Register to Vote
In states that restored people’s voting rights, many public agencies aren’t doing enough to assist, and the pandemic slowed grassroots plans to pick up the slack.
Stephanie Wykstra May 28, 2020
Louisiana Sheriffs Have a Great Election Night
ICE cooperation and detention conditions were on the line, but sheriff races struggled for salience and drew bipartisan consensus.
Daniel Nichanian Oct 17, 2019
In Louisiana, Sheriff Elections Will Shape ICE’s Reach
“They’re trying to send Hispanics to Mexico or Honduras and put Black men in jail,” said one candidate regarding prevailing practices. “The United States is made for everybody.”
Daniel Nichanian Sep 19, 2019
Governor’s Race Could Decide If Louisiana’s Prison Population Continues to Shrink
Louisiana shed its status as the top incarcerator in the county last year, but the trend is fragile.
Daniel Nichanian Aug 21, 2019