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Weekly Incident Report - Week Ending 20 January 2023

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20 January 2023

Weekly Incident Report - Week Ending 20 January 2023

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Weekly Incident Report - Week Ending 13 January 2023

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13 January 2023

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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SHERIFF’S SCHOLARSHIP FOR NEW ORLEANS STUDENTS

NEW ORLEANS - 01-12-2023

Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson will award a $500 scholarship to a worthy high school student thanks to the Louisiana Sheriffs' Scholarship Program. The scholarship was created to provide assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs' Honorary Membership Program.

According to Program Chair, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, "This Scholarship Program is a meaningful expression of the Program's respect for education. It demonstrates our confidence in Louisiana's youth... our future leaders."

Scholarships of a maximum of $500 each will be awarded to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Honorary Membership Program. There are no restrictions on the purposes for which scholarships are spent. The scholarships are not loans and will be awarded as gifts to defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education.

The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the state of Louisiana; and students be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students. Completed applications for students in Orleans Parish must be submitted to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office by April 1st. Further, applicants must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application. The award will only be paid for attendance at institutions of higher learning within the state.

All scholarship winners will be announced by May 1st of this year. Sheriff Champagne concluded, "Louisiana Sheriffs are pleased with the Honorary Membership Program's ability to bring scholarships to Louisiana students bound for higher education. To continue to do so and fund other important projects and initiatives, continued support of the Honorary Membership Program is essential. We could not function without our Honorary Members."

Digital copies of the application and guidelines are available on our website at:

https://www.Isa.org/scholarship For further information regarding the Sheriffs' Scholarship Program, contact OPSO at (504)202-9259.

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Travis Hill School celebrates winter graduation for three smiling graduates

NEW ORLEANS - 01-05-2023

THill_1The Travis Hill School located inside the Orleans Justice Center hosted Winter graduation ceremonies for three smiling and deserving students who endured to earn their high school diplomas.

The graduation was attended by school administrators, social workers, OJC staff, New Orleans Public School officials and guests of the graduates.

School staff gave special tributes to each graduate. Travis Hill School Chief Academic Officer Rachel Lewis shared a tribute to graduate Keymon Bush recalling some of her favorite memories of him.

"I'm so proud of you! I'm proud of all the ways you have changed over the years. you committed yourself to your school work and buckled down to earn all your credits. You have grown up and become more focused," Lewis said. "You are and have always been one of the kindest people I've ever met and that has never changed no matter the circumstances You maintain a joyful spirit despite many challenges."

Prior to receive their diplomas, the graduates each shared a few words about their own journeys to graduation.

THill_2"I want to thank all the teachers, staff and deputies for leading me to the correct path toward graduation," Tyrese Carter said as he held back tears. "After nearly a year in OJC, I was finally able to accomplish my graduation and passed my leap, something I struggled to do at my last school. Although t is harsh environment to be graduating, I am proud of myself and my classmates and wish nothing but a bright future for all of us."

Travis Hill offers high school diploma-focused school for 50 to 75 residents at OJC who are between 16 and 21 years old and eligible to attend high school. Nearly all of the students housed at OJC have experienced school failure—many did not attend school regularly and were suspended or expelled—and most are far behind their peers academically.

THill_3To tell you the truth I didn't think I would make it to this day to accomplish this goal in my life," Ivory Grant said. "I especially want to thank Ms. Faulk. She was counting down the days with me and getting me up everyday and with that it let me know she cared and that I have someone in my corner."

NOLA Schools Superintendent Avis Williams who joined the ceremonies via Zoom commended the graduates on their accomplishment and gave three great pieces of advice.

"Be YOU," Williams said. " You are enough and you are worth every amount of celebration you get today and beyond. I also want to encourage you to be the best version of yourself possible."

Be a role model, " she added. "Al lot of people have not made it to where you are. This is big and a lot of people are looking up to you as a role model, guide and mentor. While you're being the best version of yourself, model that for others so they can do the same."THill_4

Following the ceremony, the graduates were treated to cupcakes and spent some special time celebrating with their friends and families during personal zoom calls.


 

SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON REMAINS COMMITTED TO SERVING MENTALLY HEALTH NEEDS OF ORLEANS JUSTICE CENTER RESIDENTS AND ORLEANS PARISH AFTER UNSUCCESSFUL PHASE III BID PROCESS

56 % of OJC residents receive some form of mental health treatment, 3% considered acutely mentally ill

NEW ORLEANS - 01-05-2023

Sheriff Susan Hutson today issued the following statement:

"It is unfortunate that the city's bid process for a "Phase III" mental health jail has been unsuccessful, but I remain committed to doing what is best to serve the most vulnerable residents at the Orleans Justice Center," Sheriff Susan Hutson said. "Mental health is a crisis not only inside our jail but also across the entire city of New Orleans that needs solutions. I support solutions that would provide answers for the overall health and wellness of our city."

"We are coming close to losing federal funds that have been allocated to partially fund the construction of the proposed Phase III, and failure to find a long-term remedy for our residents with mental health needs is not only harmful to them but to the greater community. I remain committed to following the courts direction on this and stand ready to hear from the city on the plans to move forward to solutions."

Background:

The Orleans Justice Center houses an average of 1,000 residents daily, a total of 967 on Wednesday, January 5, 2023. As of today, there are 545 patients on the mental health caseload, or 56 % of OJC residents, who receive some form of mental health treatment. There are currently 30 acutely mentally ill patients at OJC, or 3% of the overall population, which means they receive specialized care and housing. This is the population that would be served with the proposed construction of Phase III. 21 are currently housed at TMH and 9 on the waiting list to be transferred when space is available.

The deadline for bids to build Phase III was December 22nd. Two extensions requested by potential bidders were granted, but only one bid was received. The single bid offered to build the jail for a base figure of $86 million, which is well over the city's budgeted amount. The proposed 90-bed facility would provide space for OJC to serve more residents with mental illness.

The August 2023 deadline to use the roughly $30 million in FEMA funds that has been set aside for this project is quickly approaching, and the opportunity to utilize that money could soon run out.

To cover the anticipated costs of Phase III, the city has re-allocated $26 million that was intended for the city's libraries, parks, youth programming and other capital investments.



   

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