"He saved that young man’s life when he was at a low moment"
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5M ago
On this episode we are taking a look at the OPSO Youth Programming that is touching the lives of children and teens in our city. We hear from Ahmad Vitatoe who was once an OPSO Young Marine and now oversees the program. We also talk to Sgt. Altrice Taylor who leads the D.A.R.E program and is working in five New Orleans schools to teach the curriculum ..read more
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Free phone calls & tablets in jail??? Let's weigh the cost.
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by Media
5M ago
On this episode we invite Bruce Reilly the Deputy Director of Voice of the Experienced to share about his work with those in custody and the advocacy work VOTE is doing. We discuss how free phone calls and access to tablets can help curb jail violence and why the sheriff is asking the City Council for a $13-million budget increase ..read more
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"The jail is a defacto mental health institution. We have to change that."
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by Media
5M ago
On this episode, we discuss the mental health needs of the current jail population with outgoing Warden Dr. Astrid Birgden. We learn about the programming being implemented to address the population's needs, discuss the results of a recent consent monitor report, and sheriff explains why she believes compliance can be achieved under her leadership ..read more
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Year of Transition: "A leader has to model the way"
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by Media
5M ago
On this episode, we discuss the transition year after Sheriff Hutson took office, and she explains why she hired a clinical psychologist as the Warden. We also hear from Dr. Astrid Birgden, who has worked as the warden at the Orleans Justice Center for the past 18 months. We learn about the work done to introduce a new mission and vision and create a model of change that supports deputies and provides humane services for those in custody. Dr. Birgden also answers questions about why OPSO calls people in jail residents ..read more
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"Our Creator moved me to be here... to challenge these systems"
Sworn to Serve
by Media
5M ago
In this first episode, we give you a look into Sheriff Susan Hutson's journey to becoming the first woman ever elected sheriff in New Orleans and the first black woman to be sheriff in the state of Louisiana. We'll address concerns about the rising jail population and how we're working to tackle this problem with our partners. Then we will talk to Capt. Stephanie Minto with the OPSO Crime Victim Reparations Unit about the agency's efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community and in our homes ..read more
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