WYES continues its ongoing initiative exploring progress rebuilding a safer, stronger, smarter city post-Katrina.

RESHAPING A GREATER NEW ORLEANS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a television series launched in 2008 to explore efforts to reinvent the city’s criminal justice system.

The first program tracked the alliance of criminal justice leaders determined to use Katrina’s ruin as the catalyst for positive change.  The 2012 program measured the progress including New Orleans Pretrial Services and introduced the police consent decree.  The 2013 edition delved into the size of the judiciary and number of courts in the Orleans Parish criminal justice system. The May 2014 report examined the status of consent decrees to end unconstitutional practices at the jail and in the police department. The fall 2014 episode premiering Oct 2 at 7pm informs voters on the role of Orleans Criminal District Court judges to help them make decisions in the November 4 election.