Day: March 10, 2020

Innocence Project of New Orleans pushes to raise compensation for wrongfully convicted

Monday was opening day of the 2020 Louisiana Legislation session, and the Innocence Project of New Orleans said it will continue its work to pass a bill raising the compensation from $25,000 to $40,000 annually for every year a wrongfully convicted person spends behind bars. “This [amount] is woefully inadequate to help exonerees make any meaningful recovery and progress as[Read More…]

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Black jobless rate drops in February

Black history month this February provided more than historical reminders. The seasonally adjusted black unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, down significantly from a seasonally adjusted 6.9 percent compared with the same month one year ago. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in February that the nonfarm payroll added 273,000 jobs. The overall unemployment rate was little changed at[Read More…]