Do We Have a “Secret Bonus Program” here in New Orleans?
A long-standing financial bonus program that made secret payments without the knowledge of prosecutors or defendants has been discovered. This secret arrangement violates citizen’s right to a fair trial and possibly taints their plea agreements.
For 10 years, Durham Police Department (DPD) kept the program secret, the bonuses were discovered through public records requests made by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a Durham-based civil rights nonprofit.
This revelation could prompt the review of more than two-dozen closed cases. Many of the improperly convicted citizens and non-citizens involved in those cases are imprisoned or scheduled for deportation.
Do we have a “secret bonus program” here in New Orleans? Why not? The Drug War has engendered most of the destruction of our civil liberties that has occurred in the past 40 years.
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