Community Voices Concerns about Jail Conditions Tonight

Two years ago the Department of Justice released a damning report about the deplorable conditions behind the walls of our local jail, Orleans Parish Prison. In that time 13 people have died while in custody at OPP. Tonight, at a forum put on by a local coalition, community members to tell their stories about being in OPP to the Special Litigation Unit of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

The Forum will take place at Mahalia Jackson Community Center & School, 2405 Jackson Avenue in Central City in New Orleans. The event will also be webcast.

9/30 Update: here is the video of the forum.

Rosana Cruz is Associate Director of VOTE (Voice Of The Ex-offender). Previously Rosana worked with Safe Streets/Strong Communities and the National Immigration Law Center. Prior to joining NILC, she worked with SEIU1991 in Miami, after having been displaced from New Orleans by Katrina. Before the storm, Rosana worked for a diverse range of community organizations, including the Latin American Library, Hispanic Apostolate, the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans, and People's Youth Freedom School. Rosana came to New Orleans through her work with the Southern Regional Office of Amnesty International in Atlanta.