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Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell and City Council-elect Cyndi Nguyen and Jay Banks victorious!

Desiree Charbonnet

Running for Mayor

Summary

Desiree Charbonnet is a Democrat running for Mayor of New Orleans. She is currently an attorney, and was the first female judge of Orleans Municipal Court. Charbonnet has said that public safety, affordable housing, infrastructure, and education are her priorities if she is elected.

 

Visit Desiree Charbonnet's Website: http://desireecharbonnet.com/

Experience

Education: Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola College of Law New Orleans

Profession: Attorney at Sullivan Stolier Schulze & Grubb, LLC

Past Employment and Civil Involvement:

  • Chief Judge, Orleans Parish Municipal Court
  • Recorder of Mortgages, Orleans Parish
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, President of the Board of Directors (2006-2008)

How They Compare

We will continue to update this chart as we receive candidate's responses.

On Public Safety & Commiunity Investment Issues

  • I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
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On Restorative Justice Issues

  • I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
>

On Equal Participation

  • I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
>

Where Desiree Charbonnet Stands

I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

Agree Agree

New Orleans has a beautiful cultural tradition that melds people and ideas from around the world, sharing our spirit with millions of visitors every year. But there can be no “laissez bon temps rouler” if our people are subjected to harassment, discrimination, or hate based on being labeled as the “other.”

I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

Agree Agree

New Orleans is and always has been a melting pot of different people from all walks of life. I support that tradition as an integral part of our culture, and as Mayor, I will continue to support policies based on inclusion.

I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

Agree Agree

I support empowering the Independent Police Monitor to continue to work to improve the police department. My administration would be willing to work with community members to hear their concerns regarding law enforcement.

I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

Agree Agree

We have to work with school administrators and children’s rights advocates to find solutions. My administration will work with the school system and NORDC program, to expand the meaningful opportunities available for students after school and in the summer. Working with community and faith-based organizations will also help reduce the dropout rate.

I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

Agree Agree

Non-violent offenders should not be languishing in jail just because they are poor. In my 10 years as a judge, my policy was to help divert non-violent offenders from jail. I partnered with community organizations to divert non-violent offenders away from the jail and I plan to continue that policy.

I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

Agree Agree

Following Hurricane Katrina, mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, were prevalent. It is important that we assess and inform defendants of the impact of convictions, not just on their present circumstances, but also on their future.

I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

Agree Agree

You can’t treat mental health like it’s a crime. As Mayor, I would work with stakeholders, community organizations, hospitals, and health care providers to determine the best way to treat mental illness. We have to come up with a holistic approach to recognize that these issues are interrelated.

I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

Agree Agree

As a municipal court judge I worked with community programs to make sure that people I released would receive wraparound services. I support the fairness and equity of policies like “Ban the Box.” My administration would work with stakeholders to improve and expand reentry opportunities for all defendants.

I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

Agree Agree

I worked with community organizations to help divert non-violent offenders away from the criminal justice system as a judge and as Mayor, I will continue that work. One of my priorities will be to help find money from federal and independent organizations to provide funds for mental health services.

I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

Agree Agree

With each new project that commences in New Orleans, I would work with developers to help dedicate new money and housing to affordable housing. This method of generating financial support has the potential to generate more resources than the current methods of funding affordable housing plans.

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