We're fighting for a smaller jail, a more humane justice system, and a safer New Orleans.

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Our Beginning

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition was founded in 2004 by local individuals and organizations who came together to demand changes at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) as the City was poised to elect a new sheriff. OPPRC created a Nine Point Platform for Change at Orleans Parish Prison and asked sheriff’s candidates to endorse and adopt that platform. Several candidates signed off on the platform, including Marlin Gusman, who was elected later that year a few months before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.  At that time, the jail population was roughly 6,300.

 

“We call on our City Councilmembers to use their legal authority to pass… an ordinance to address over-incarceration”

— Open Letter to City Council

 
 

We call upon our council to permanently limit the number of people incarcerated in the jail so that there is never a need for a “temporary overflow” facility. Such an initiative is not without precedent. Members of the Council referenced Jefferson Parish’s Code Six in which people who are deemed low risk are released once the jail reaches a certain population.

 
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Our Mission

The mission of Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition is to use education and organizing to decrease incarceration, increase oversight, and improve the conditions in Orleans Parish Prison, emphasizing a community centered approach to justice, in order to foster a whole and liberated New Orleans.

We organize around the nine shared values and principles of unity.

 

$50,188,976

2018 Orleans Sheriff Budget

$84,000,000

Requested by sheriff to build another jail

 
 

Let's transform justice by creating a more holistic approach to criminal justice that shifts Orleans Parish away from incarceration and criminalization toward rehabilitation, healing, and transformation.

 
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Get Involved

There are a number of ways to help us achieve our vision of an Orleans Parish justice system that is guided by a community coalition—of incarcerated persons, community organizations, legal workers, advocates, and elected officials—who work together to utilize holistic approaches and alternatives to incarceration in order to foster healthy communities.

  1. Join the mailing list
  2. Share your story
  3. Volunteer
  4. Donate
  5. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter
  6. Attend our events