November 30, 2011 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF NOLA city council to vote on prison funding

On Thursday of this week, the New Orleans City Council will vote to determine how a new prison facility with be funded. ColorOfChange and more than 30 organizations have mobilized 2,200 New Orleanians to sign a petition calling for an end to the per diem funding structure-- a method that incentivizes longer lock ups and more prisoners.

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November 21, 2011 / BY MATT NELSON Lift up, don't lock up New Orleans

New Orleans is the only major city in the United States that funds its jail based on a per diem system, billing the city $22.39 per day for every individual held at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). Much like the model for private prisons, this has created a perverse incentive to keep more people in jail on a daily basis. More prisoners for more days equals more money for the Sheriff's budget. We're working with our New Orleans partners and allies to do something about this.

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