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Road to Reform: Lessons for Louisville ahead of looming federal oversight

Louisville will soon be under a consent decree. It's a costly agreement that will bring reform, but if left unchecked, it could become a burden later on.

Isaiah Kim-Martinez, Alyssa Newton, Joseph Garcia

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Published: 5:27 PM EDT June 15, 2023
Updated: 10:25 PM EDT June 15, 2023

Louisville will soon be under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

City officials will be relying on the federal government to provide a roadmap of reform to rebuild trust between the community and Louisville Metro Police (LMPD).

Consent decrees promise to bring positive reform, but can be costly and in some ways can eventually stifle the police departments they're meant to help.

It's hard to picture Louisville's future under the DOJ's watch, but one city -- more than 700 miles south of Louisville -- might provide the best insight.

New Orleans, Louisiana and its police department have worked and lived under federal oversight for more than a decade, a far cry from the six years that were originally estimated.


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