This is a guest post by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans’s jail population exceeded 6,500 inmates. When we came into office in 2010, we made a commitment to the people of New Orleans to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the jail population. So
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New Intergovernmental Policy Academy: Young Adults and the Justice System supports cities, along with county and state allies, to align policies and reduce the number of young adults unnecessarily and ineffectively jailed in your city. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) invites member cities to apply with a county partner to participate
The next phase in this NLC initiative can help your city better allocate scarce resources as well as improve public safety and overall outcomes for young adults. Close to home in cities, jails open up the “front door of mass incarceration” by placing five times as many people behind bars each year compared with prisons.