The Lens editor reports that numerous speakers spoke favorably of Vera’s nearly four-month-old pretrial services program at a August 20th meeting of the New Orleans City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee. One of the speakers, the city’s criminal justice commission, proposed a tripling of the program’s budget, which would allow Vera to expand its reach to all felony-charged arrestees, as well as include those brought into the system on state misdemeanor charges.
New Orleans’ criminal justice commissioner said Wednesday he wants to more than triple the city money provided to the Vera Institute for Justice’s pretrial services program at Orleans Parish Prison.
The program is designed to help assess the flight risk and danger to the community that an arrestee poses. The organization’s recommendation is forwarded to the magistrate, who considers it while setting a bond amount.
Commissioner James Carter was one of seven speakers giving favorable reviews of the insitute’s relatively young program during a discussion before the City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee.