The New Orleans City Council voted January 12th to allow people charged with minor city offenses to be released without bail. Professor William Quigley assisted in the drafting of the ordinance and appeared before the city council multiple times to advocate its passage. The unanimous January 12 vote followed a 2-2 deadlock back in September. Councilwoman Susan Guidrey, a Loyola Law alumna, reintroduced the legislation following minor changes.
The ordinance allows for individuals accused of low-level municipal offenses released on their own recognizance, rather than being jailed if they cannot afford a bond.