10 Alerts From the LOUISIANA Tag


How Policing for Profit can lead to a Debtors’ Prisons: NMA E-Newsletter #429

Alexander City, Alabama has agreed to give $680,000 to nearly 200 people who were jailed because they were too poor to pay their court fines. The suit filed in September 2015 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claimed that the town ran “a modern-day debtors prison.” Indigent debtors served time in the municipal jail […]

The Chiseling Away of the Fourth Amendment Continues: NMA E-Newsletter #389

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and […]

Shenanigans Continue with Red-Light Cameras: NMA E-Newsletter #385

Red-light cameras are the biggest local boondoggle ever.  Lafayette, Louisiana was recently in the news because the city-parish council decided to extend their red-light camera program another year despite the fact that $12.4 million dollars had not been collected on over 211,000 photo enforced tickets since the program’s inception nine years ago. But the story […]

NMA Alert: Your Speed Trap Stories Needed

Do you have a colorful story about a first-hand experience with a speed trap?  Perhaps something that harkens back to the classic speed trap era of days gone by?  Then, we know someone who would like to speak with you. Tom Zoellner is a well-known author of non-fiction books, and he’s currently working on a […]

NMA E-Newsletter #242: The Myth of “No-Point” Violations

Traffic courts and prosecutors know that many traffic defendants will happily plead guilty and pay the fine as long as no points appear on their driving record. The court exacts its pound of flesh and the driver keeps a clean record. Everybody wins, right? Not always. A former school teacher from Georgia emailed us with […]