State Rep. Duplessis Introduces Debt Free Justice Legislation for Louisiana’s Juveniles

April 16, 2021

State Representative Royce Duplessis was adamant on changing what he considered “bad policy” when he drafted HB 216, known in juvenile justice circles as the “Debt Free Justice” legislation. If passed, it would eliminate all administrative fees, costs and taxes levied on juvenile offenders statewide. The legislation does not do away with punitive fines or […]


OPPRC Unveils Mural in Effort to Bring Attention to Problematic Cash Bail System in New Orleans

April 7, 2021

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) is working to end cash bail and make jails in New Orleans more humane. Established in 2004, OPPRC is a grassroots group of individuals who work to improve the conditions of those held in Orleans Parish detention. The group works to reduce incarceration and create more humane jail conditions. […]


City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Use of Tear Gas on Protestors and Halt Proposed Construction of Phase III Jail Facility

September 18, 2020

The vote follows the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition’s months-long push to ban the use of the chemical weapon and years of advocating against jail expansion. New Orleans, LA, September 17, 2020—The Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) has put out the following statement after today’s City Council meeting, where council members unanimously voted to […]


OPPRC Expresses Support for Plan to Retrofit Current Jail

August 15, 2020

The Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) delivered a selection from over 700 letters written by members to consent decree overseers Judge Lance M. Africk and Magistrate Michael B. North last week, urging them to halt progress on the “Phase III” expansion of the Orleans Parish jail. The 89-bed expansion was originally meant to house […]


Hundreds of Community Members and Members and OPPRC Demand Federal Judges Consider Jail Retrofit Option in Midst of “Phase III” Jail Expansion Proposal

August 10, 2020

“We must reinvest those funds in our city’s non-carceral infrastructure, and allocate proper funding to support education, housing, and community wellness.” New Orleans, LA, August 10, 2020—On Monday, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) delivered hundreds of community letters to Judge Lance M. Africk and Magistrate Michael B. North urging the federal judges to stop […]


Executive Director of OPPRC Discusses Organization’s Efforts to Help Reform NOPD

June 12, 2020

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly takes a movement to undo an occupation.” -Ruth Wilson Gilmore Since 2004, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) — which includes Women With A Vision, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, Voice of the Experienced, and New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial […]


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