N.O. council delays vote on program to monitor parolees, probationers

The New Orleans City Council delayed voting Thursday on a proposed pilot program that would send probation and parole officers out in the evenings to check on offenders in their homes.

Eric Granderson, who serves as Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s liaison to the council, said the administration has no basic objection to the program but may want to tweak the language of the council motion based on input from the Police Department.

So Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, who authored the motion, agreed to defer a vote for two weeks.

As proposed, the motion would authorize the city to enter an agreement with the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation and New Orleans District Probation and Parole to form a so-called Enhanced Supervision Program.

The idea is to keep a closer eye on those most likely to commit crimes.

The program would run for six months and cost about $15,000, with the money coming out of the council’s operating budget.