Orleans Parish Report Overview

Orleans Parish has adopted overly aggressive policing and prosecution strategies that are entangling far too many Black men and women in the criminal justice system, while doing little to make the community safer. The city and parish are failing to follow best practices for reducing incarceration, improving police community relationships and preventing violence.


This LIVE FREE County Best Practices Scorecard provides a snapshot of the policies and practices that are decimating Orleans Parish communities of color through irresponsible prosecution of young Black and Latino men and women, setting bail that average community members cannot afford, private prison profiteering and refusing to hold law enforcement officers accountable for police misconduct and murder. The truth is that there’s a Ferguson in Orleans Parish, LA. Download the complete scorecard to see the results.


Orleans Parish’s elected officials are responsible for the safety and well-being of all people in the parish. But historically they have pursued policies that cycle large numbers of Black men and women through the criminal justice system and effectively criminalize whole communities. Download a complete summary of Orleans Parish’s failing policies.


This report is a call for leadership. Elected law enforcement officials, here in Orleans Parish, and across the United States, must choose whether to provide leadership to end mass incarceration and criminalization, or step aside, and let others lead. Download the Orleans Parish full report and jump to page 13 for a policy guide of best practices.