A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

New Orleans mayor requests federal aid to run courts, jails

[JURIST] New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin [official website; Wikipedia profile] has requested that a portion of the $60 billion in disaster relief approved by Congress following Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] be redirected to fund the city's court system, jail operations and other critical city functions. Nagin said the city of New Orleans' finances were severely strained and hinted that the city was close to bankruptcy. Earlier this month, lawyers acting on behalf of former New Orleans prisoners requested [JURIST report] that the US Justice Department assume direct supervision of a temporary holding facility amid complaints of prisoner abuse. Additionally, city officials have predicted that evidence in as many of 3,000 pending criminal cases [JURIST report] was lost during the storm. Reuters has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.