The Effort to Save New Orleans' Criminal Justice System

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In New Orleans this year there have been 83 murders but just one murder trial--for a killing that occurred before Katrina. This week, Mayor Ray Nagin announced an initiative to replace the cops, prosecutors and defense attorneys who left town and haven't come back. Meantime, judges are releasing suspects being held under deplorable conditions. We get an update and hear about efforts to find prosecutors and defense attorneys before judges let suspects out of jail.

Credits

Guests:
Michael Perlstein - Staff Writer, Times Picayune, Eddie Jordan - District Attorney, New Orleans, Pamela Metzger - Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic, Tulane Law School

Host:
Warren Olney