Council delays action at the request of the administration
The New Orleans City Council decided Thursday to defer action for two weeks on a proposal by Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell that's aimed at keeping closer tabs on convicted criminals who've been granted probation or parole.
Under the enhanced supervision program, teams of probation and parole officers would conduct home visits during random night hours at the residences of probationers and parolees.
The program would be funded by the City Council and managed by the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.
The Landrieu administration requested the deferral.
"It is certainly not a philosophical difference with the intent. It is merely a language issue that's within the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that the mayor's being asked to serve. And we'd like to get with the NOPD. The first time they've seen this was Wednesday," Eric Granderson with the administration said.
The Council is expected to vote on the proposal at its October 10 meeting.