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Revisiting New Orleans
Katrina's Effect on the Legal System
Last Featured: 9/17/2007

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Two years after the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, New Orleans has been forced to redevelop neighborhoods, schools and most of its urban infrastructure. But what has happened to the city’s criminal justice system? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking for a detailed look at how Hurricane Katrina has affected police practices, the state and federal court systems, jails and alternative sentencing plans, and what the changes mean for citizens of and visitors to this famous city.

One Community’s Perspective
Host Margot Adler talks with a community organizer about how residents in high-crime neighborhoods grapple with issues of crime, safety and the police.

Ursula Price is a Soros Justice Fellow and an organizer for Safe Streets/Strong Communities, a grassroots anti-crime group. She is also a senior mitigation specialist and fact investigator for A Fighting Chance, a nonprofit serving poor people facing the death penalty in the Gulf South.

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Crime in New Orleans
Host Margot Adler speaks with a local reporter about crime in New Orleans and law enforcement efforts to combat it.

Brendan McCarthy is a crime reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

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Discussion: Indigent Defense in New Orleans
Host Margot Adler talks with a judge and a public defender in New Orleans about the state of the criminal courts and the impact of recent reforms to the public defender system.

The Honorable Calvin Johnson serves as judge on the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Stephen Singer is an assistant clinical professor of law at Loyola University College of Law, where he supervises a criminal defense clinic handling defendants charged with felonies in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. He is also currently serving as chief of trials for the Orleans Public Defenders’ Office.

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Juvenile Justice in New Orleans
When people in New Orleans talk about what’s working in the justice system, juvenile court is at the top of everyone’s list. Court officials say that juvenile crime is down 84 percent since Hurricane Katrina, in part because they’re detaining fewer kids for less time. Molly Peterson reports.

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The Law Enforcement Perspective
Host Margot Adler talks with New Orleans Police Department Assistant Superintendent Marlon Difillo about the challenges facing the police since Hurricane Katrina.

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A Personal View
Reporter Eve Troeh was recently attacked near her home in New Orleans. Since then she’s witnessed firsthand the city’s struggling criminal justice system.

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Judge Arthur Hunter's Order, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
Metropolitan Crime Commission
The Times-Picayune
Mississippi Center for Justice
New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation
Student Hurricane Network
Broken Promises: Two Years After Katrina - ACLU report
Proposals for New Orleans' Criminal Justice System - Vera Institute of Justice
When the Levees Broke - Spike Lee
Bill Moyers Journal - Katrina Revisited
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
by Michael Eric Dyson
Disasters And the Law: Katrina And Beyond
by Daniel A. Farber and Jim Chen
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
by Douglas Brinkley
The Right to a Jury Trial
Bail Bondsmen, Bounty Hunters and Private Prisons
Innovations in Policing