The Lens

City Planning Commission votes against increasing jail capacity

October 9, 2019
Nicholas Chrastil

The New Orleans City Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to deny a proposal by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office that would increase the capacity of the New Orleans jail above the longstanding cap of 1,438 beds and pave the way for a new jail building, known as Phase III, that would add 89 new beds and | Read more|

Court-appointed special education monitors detail how the state picked the wrong New Orleans schools for federal consent decree scrutiny

October 4, 2019
Marta Jewson

Independent monitors overseeing the Louisiana Department of Education’s work under a federal consent judgment have identified a series of mistakes — ranging from calculation errors to what appears to be sloppy record-keeping — that led the state to monitor the wrong New Orleans schools for special education servi | Read more|