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Louisiana judge grants access to state police body-camera footage

Louisiana judge grants access to state police body-camera footage

This week, The New Orleans Advocate won a lawsuit against the Louisiana State Police ordering the department to release body-camera footage involving off-duty New Orleans Police Department officer, Sergeant Chantelle Davis, who was stopped for speeding. The ruling comes two years after Louisiana instated its body-worn camera law.

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Predictive policing in DOJ-cited jurisdictions is bad policy, AI Now says

Predictive policing in DOJ-cited jurisdictions is bad policy, AI Now says

The AI Now Institute is calling for checks on the datasets used by predictive policing systems because of concerns that the technology can perpetuate, rather than address, “dirty” policing practices.

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In a number of Louisiana parishes, prisons receive over a 50% commission from inmate phone calls

In a number of Louisiana parishes, prisons receive over a 50% commission from inmate phone calls

Last fall, in the wake of news that Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish would be moving to video-only visitation, MuckRock began requesting materials from parish law enforcement throughout the state. We need your help to bring this scrutiny close to your home.

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How to double check official claims with public records

How to double check official claims with public records

Shockingly, public officials’ words do not always match up with their actions. Fortunately, public records can help the truth come out. In this week’s roundup, some ways you can double check what officials are up to with private data and public dollars, plus a way to recognize a public records hero for their transparency work.

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Louisiana's Jefferson Parish moves to video-only inmate visitation

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish moves to video-only inmate visitation

For the first time in the Bayou State, inmates at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center will only be available to family and friends via video.

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