OPPRC delivered an Open Letter asking the City to close the Temporary Detention Center (“TDC”) by following through on a promise made six months ago to pass an ordinance that would permanently limit the number of people in the jail. This launched the Coalition’s campaign to permanently close TDC—a facility that was unlawfully reopened after the law mandated its decommissioning in April. Limiting the number of people in jail ensures that the jail population remains below the capacity and eliminates the need to operate a facility for "temporary overflow." Let councilmembers know that New Orleans does NOT need more jail beds! Download the TDC Fact Sheet for more information and talking points!
Below is a sample call/email script you may use when contacting city council.
Hi, my name is __________, and I’m a resident and voter in District______. I’m calling to urge you to pass an ordinance that limits the number of people detained in the jail. New Orleans already incarcerates at nearly twice the national average in a country with the highest incarceration rate in the world. Rather than investing $2 million to operate a temporary detention center, we need you to ensure that these funds are being invested into community programs that will truly keep us safe and reduce the number of people in jail. Please follow through on the promises made by members of this Council in May made and pass an ordinance to limit over-incarceration.
City Council Contact
If you do not know who your City Council representative is, call the front desk at (504) 658-1000 and ask!