- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The City Council in New Orleans has voted 6-1 for a resolution calling on the city’s district attorney to end the practice of jailing victims of sexual assault or domestic violence who refuse to testify.

The passage of Thursday’s resolution comes after a recent report by a watchdog group condemning the practice.

In a response emailed Thursday evening, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said the Court Watch NOLA report cited only one case in which a sexual assault victim was jailed in an entire year.

Cannizzaro noted a continuing violent crime problem in New Orleans. He said he seeks “material witness” warrants that can result in jailing of victims in cases in which the alternative is releasing a dangerous criminal suspect.

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