Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Election Time: UNO Political Scientist Helps Inform Voters in WYES Criminal Justice Series

UNO political scientist Ed Chervenak, a go-to expert on the New Orleans political landscape, appears in a WYES-TV special entitled "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice-Elections 2014University of New Orleans political scientist Ed Chervenak is a go-to expert on the New Orleans political scene. Next week, he helps inform Orleans Parish voters in a criminal justice series airing on WYES-TV entitled "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice – Elections 2014.

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"Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice – Elections 2014, presents voters with information to help them make decisions in the three ongoing political races for seats at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

The show premieres at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. A candidate interview webpage designed to mirror the show will also appear online at wyes.org.

The half-hour program repeats Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9 at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m.

University of New Orleans political scientist Ed Chervenak helps inform Orleans Parish voters in a criminal justice series that airs next week on WYES-TV. The half-hour program, entitled "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice – Elections 2014, presents voters with information to help them make decisions in the three ongoing political races for seats at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

The television program, hosted by WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh and co--‐produced by Kavanaugh and Paula Pendarvis marks the latest installment of the award-winning WYES series "ReShaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice." "ReShaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice" is a public media partnership with 88.9 WWNO and made possible by Baptist Community Ministries.

The half-hour program, which premieres next Thursday, features comments from former Criminal Court judges about how Orleans residents should give careful thought before casting their vote, according to a release prepared by the news station. A candidate interview webpage designed to mirror the show will also appear online at wyes.org.

"There's no more important role to have regarding the criminal justice system and the future of this city regarding crime than the people that sit on your bench," said Terry Alarcon, retired Orleans Criminal District Court Judge.

"We know you're going to put violent people away in jail everybody's going to do that. That's the easy thing," says Calvin Johnson, another retired Orleans Criminal District Court Judge. Johnson said he suggests voters ask judicial candidates: "Tell me the other things that you're going to do that will have a posi1ve impact both on individuals and on this city."

Chervenak joins Alarcon and Johnson in interviews, together with Brad Cousins of Court Watch NOLA, Rafael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute and Luceia LeDoux of Baptist Community Ministries.

The WYES program describes the job of Criminal District Court Judge. Interviews feature groups that generate report cards on the court's efficiency and WYES examines proposed changes expected to create greater efficiency at Juvenile Court, Municipal Court and Traffic Court. Making appearances are La. State Rep. Walter Leger III and Joshua Perry of the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights.

All seven candidates running for seats in Criminal District Court Sections A,D and G appear in the online candidate forum, in which they participate in on-camera question-and-answer sessions and respond to questions about court governance issues. Their complete, unedited responses will be available at wyes.org following the Oct. 2. broadcast premiere.

 

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