A number of institutes and organizations continue to investigate the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and just as many groups are offering follow-up analyses of the situation on the ground in and around New Orleans. One such organization is the Urban Institute, and three of their researchers recently released this compelling 15-page review of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the criminal justice system of New Orleans. Authored by Caterina Gouvis Roman, Seri Irazola, and Jenny Osborne, the report draws on interviews with criminal justice stakeholders living and working in greater New Orleans. The authors examine the functioning of the criminal justice system before and after the hurricane and the report concludes with a number of policy considerations and how other jurisdictions might learn from the experiences of those persons in New Orleans.
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