Metropolitan Crime Commission, Inc.

RESEARCH PROGRAM

Established in 1993, the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s Research Program applies objective research and analysis to improve policy choices and decision-making in the criminal justice system.

Our Research program has three main goals:sl1

1) Promote accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system
and other governmental agencies

2) Provide accurate information to decision-makers by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of existing practices and providing alternatives to improve governmental effectiveness and efficiency

3) Educate the public through the dissemination of our research results

ST. TAMMANY PARISH CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

Newly launched in 2016, this series of reports will track the performance of the St. Tammany Parish criminal justice system according to the same core metrics that the MCC has steadily applied in Orleans Parish since 2007.  The Northshore Business Council sponsored the MCC expansion into St. Tammany Parish, largely in response to significant shifts in criminal justice system leadership.  The program begins with an examination of St. Tammany Criminal justice system performance in 2014, which was the last year of the former long-term District Attorney’s tenure.  Since 2014, the parish has also elected a new St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, Clerk of Court, and Slidell Police Chief.

St. Tammany Criminal Justice Accountability Project: Arrests and Felony Case Outcomes 2013-2014  (Released 4/5/17)
St. Tammany Criminal Justice Accountability Project: Arrests and Felony Case Outcomes 2013-2014 – Supplemental Exhibits

St. Tammany 2014 Judicial Accountability Report (Released 11/29/16)
St. Tammany 2014 Judicial Accountability Report – Supplemental Exhibits

 

ORLEANS PARISH CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

Since the beginning of 2007, the Metropolitan Crime Commission has been regularly issuing reports documenting the performance of the New Orleans criminal justice system. The main goal of these reports is to bring accountability and transparency to the performance of the New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the judiciary of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. These reports come have tracked the recovery of the New Orleans as the criminal justice system from Hurricane Katrina and continue to frame key policy issues.

 

JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS
Judicial accountability examines the case processing efficiency of each of the 12 judges elected to oversee the prosecution of felony cases within Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. These reports show changes in judicial efficiency over time for both the entire court and each individual member of the judiciary. The three primary efficiency metrics of average numbers of pending cases, the rate of backlogged cases, and median case processing time are nationally recognized and were established by the National Center for State Courts and the American Bar Association.
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NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ORLEANS PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS
Police and prosecutor accountability reports focus on how the New Orleans Police Department and Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office apply their resources in response to crime in New Orleans. These reports examine arrest strategies by police as well as the numbers and types of felony cases prosecuted by the DA’s Office. The combined success of these two agencies is examined through measures of felony arrest to conviction rates.
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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INMATE POPULATION ANALYSIS
Since 2013, the MCC has been monitoring the inmate population of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Populations in custody are broken down by those serving time and pretrial inmates as well as the types of pending charges. These reports consistently document that the majority of Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office inmates are held in custody for pending felony charges.
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PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS AND REPORTS

Prior to the implementation of the Orleans Parish Criminal Justice Accountability Project, the MCC Research Program conducted a variety of studies on several aspects of the criminal justice system. These projects included a post-Katrina community safety survey of residents in the New Orleans Central City neighborhood and criminal justice system performance reports in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Reports on judicial practices within Orleans Parish Criminal District Court examined bail bond modifications and disparate judge trial outcomes. Additionally, the MCC conducted a Judicial Watch program from 1996 through 2002 which examined case processing efficiency in the 24th Judicial District (Jefferson Parish) and Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
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