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New Orleans Judge Slated to Release Prisoners
Tue Oct 3, 2006 02:36
 

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New Orleans Judge Slated to Release Prisoners
by Democracy Now (reposted) Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 at 4:19 PM

New Orleans Judge Slated to Release Prisoners Citing Breakdown in Criminal Justice System Tuesday Aug 29th, 2006 8:20 AM

New Orleans judge Arthur Hunter has pledged to begin releasing prisoners today whose cases have been delayed since Hurricane Katrina. Many prisoners jailed in New Orleans for over a year haven't talked to a lawyer or had a day in court. Some have yet to be charged with a crime. We speak with Katherine Mattes of Tulane University's Criminal Law Clinic.

We take a look at the breakdown in the New Orleans criminal justice system. A New Orleans judge has pledged to begin releasing prisoners today whose cases have been delayed since Hurricane Katrina.

Many prisoners jailed in New Orleans for over a year haven't talked to a lawyer or had a day in court. Some have yet to be charged with a crime. Judge Arthur Hunter announced last month he will begin reviewing prisoners today on a case-by-case basis. Arthur said, "It's something the entire country should be concerned about...If we're still part of the United States, and the Constitution still means something, why is the New Orleans criminal justice system still in shambles?"

* Katherine Mattes, law professor at Tulane University and the deputy director of the university's Criminal Law Clinic.

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