A state legislative commission formed to study the New Orleans criminal justice system and how it can be improved held its first meeting Monday morning at UNO.
State Senator J.P. Morrell of New Orleans, chairman of the Orleans Justice and Rehabilitation Reform Commission, says the idea behind the commission is "to get everyone involved in criminal justice in the city of New Orleans in the same room and have an honest dialogue on how we can improve how we police, how we prosecute, how we defend."
"No one has ever really made the criminal justice community all sit in a room and really talk out what the real issues are and how we can work together to solve them," Morrell said.
The commission will also study what can be done to help law enforcement agencies fight crime.
Morrell says the commission will have 7 voting members and a plethora of non-voting members representing the judiciary, the district attorney's office, the public defender's office and so forth.
He says the commission will meet at least every other month either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, and all the meetings will be open to the public.