THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOW
Let's Flip The Bench
We Need To Transform The New Orleans Judiciary
For too long, judges in New Orleans have come out of the old tough-on-crime throw-them-away prosecutor's office. They have had strong ties to the bail bond industry and have put profit over people, levying fines and fees to pad their own budgets. They have put innocent people in prison, imposed years of incarceration on those who committed low-level, non-dangerous offenses, and have meted out unequal justice to Black people. This slate of candidates will treat all people with humanity, rely on smart, research-based solutions, and prioritize public safety over punishment.
They will transform what justice looks like in New Orleans.
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To Change Justice, Change The Bench
The Change We Need
End the reliance on unaffordable money bail for all but the most serious of cases
End the routine detention of people for probation violations
End the trial penalty, which punishes people for longer sentences when they go to trial
Stop levying unnecessary fines and fees and work towards a court rule to prohibit such costs
Shorten sentences and look for alternatives to incarceration
Commit to improving court calendars so that people are not funneled through the system