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New SPLC report reveals major lack of diversity in Louisiana law enforcement

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This episode of Louisiana Considered aired on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Here's what it featured:

A recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund revealed that Louisiana sheriffs and prosecutors are overwhelmingly white and male. While over 33% of Louisiana’s population is Black only 6% of the sheriffs and 12% of the district attorneys are Black, which points to a significant disparity.

Here to tell us more about these findings is Delvin Davis, author of the study, “Out of Balance, Racial Disparity Among Louisiana’s Sheriffs and Prosecutors.”

Some of the most anticipated Mardi Gras krewes are getting ready to roll this weekend. A no-name voice of mystery shares insight into krewedelusion and tells us why this krewe is walking on Sunday this year for the first time.

But first, Louisiana lawmakers met at the statehouse this week for a special session on insurance. WRKF’s Capital Access Reporter Paul Braun has the details.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karl Lengel has returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina. Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.