Court Watch NOLA

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

A New Orleans judicial watchdog group says bail is being set unevenly in Orleans Parish, resulting in dangerous criminals being released while nonviolent offenders get stuck in jail.  

As the presidential race gobbles up news time and headlines ahead of next month’s election, legal advocates in New Orleans want to highlight the importance of two local judicial races.

At his first public appearance since leaving office, former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says he is still weighing his options for the future.

Letten also said he is optimistic that New Orleans officials and the Justice Department will work together to improve the city's troubled police department, despite recent differences between the two sides over the costs of reform.

Letten wouldn't comment on specifics regarding the police issue or cases he oversaw as U.S. Attorney.