Ex-prosecutor becomes first black leader of Louisiana ACLU
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former prosecutor and Louisiana Supreme Court staffer will be the first black executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.
The New Orleans Advocate reports 36-year-old Alanah Odoms Hebert starts Monday, succeeding the retired Marjorie Esman.
In the wake of the organization's successful legislative push for criminal justice reform last year, Hebert says she hopes to continue to tackle Louisiana's status as a top incarcerator and expand the group's focus on issues like gay rights.
The New Jersey native has somewhat of an atypical background for the group, which often spars with prosecutors. She says she joined the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office with idealistic hopes, but felt she became "complicit" in pursuing harsh penalties.
She's also served as the state Supreme Court's deputy general counsel.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
FranU graduates are ready to start their nursing careers
Restaurants facing broken food supply chains due pandemic
Driver shot during Iberville police chase was fleeing law enforcement with his...
Turnout remains low at federally-backed mass vaccination sites
Cryptocurrency making a wave in Baton Rouge, lawmakers hope to create rules...