[Ed. – ‘Get out of jail free’ cards for all.]
According to city data — there are more than 55,000 outstanding warrants in Municipal and Traffic Court in New Orleans.
If you do the math, that means there is 1 outstanding warrant for every 7 people in the city of New Orleans.
“The main reason so many people are in this cycle is because they are poor and they could not get off work and did not have child care, they couldn’t afford that fine on the front end,” City Councilman Jason Williams said.
Williams is proposing a resolution to wipe out nearly all of the tens of thousands of arrest warrants and waive the accumulated court fines and fees.
He said it would apply to low-level, non-violent offenses often associated with homelessness and poverty.
“We’re trying to focus on the most non-violent offenders in our system,” Williams said. “Make the city safer and have more people be in voluntary compliance.”