Vera New Orleans on the Election of Susan Hutson as Orleans Parish Sheriff

"Susan Hutson's election as the next Sheriff of Orleans Parish is historic. She defeated Marlin Gusman, a 17-year incumbent in the Sheriff's Office and will be the first Black woman to ever win the office of sheriff in Louisiana. Her victory demonstrates that New Orleanians believe in community-based, practical solutions, not more jail and incarceration, to truly deliver public safety. The Vera Institute of Justice congratulates Sheriff-Elect Hutson on her victory, and we look forward to working together to stop the expansion of the Orleans Parish Jail and instead invest in community-driven solutions to public safety. Together we can create stronger and safer communities in New Orleans."

About the Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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