juvenile justice

New Orleans plans to enforce a summer curfew on children in response to recent crimes.
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The New Orleans Police Department will start enforcing the city-wide summer curfew on children in response to recent increases in car break-ins and thefts, and the recent shooting death of a woman in Mid-City, allegedly at the hands of a 17-year-old. The curfew begins Monday, June 3.

Educator and social worker Lisa Maria Rhodes started ALAS to help get her students out of jail.
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Each year thousands of New Orleans students end up having some kind of involvement with the court system - whether immigration court, or criminal court. And that makes focusing on school tough, especially when students are held in jail or detained while they're waiting for their court date. Social worker and educator Lisa Maria Rhodes created an organization called ALAS to help court-involved students. She sat down with WWNO's Jess Clark to talk about how teachers can play a role in getting students released from jail.