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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