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April 2006 , Page 6 

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By Jack King

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Lawyers Say Criminal Justice System Isn’t Functioning

The Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund grant program, established by NACDL’s Foundation for Criminal Justice, officially came to a close March 1. As of the end of February, the Fund raised $275,181.83 and had disbursed $263,718.55 in grants to 181 individuals and 3 criminal justice organizations. About $11,000 earmarked for institutions remained to be disbursed by March 31.

Individual grants were capped at $1,500, but multiple requests were considered; institutional grants were not capped. The Justice Center, at 636 Baronne Street in the Lower Ninth Ward, which houses the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, the Capital Appeals Project, A Fighting Chance and the Innocence Project of New Orleans, received an $11,500 grant to cover joint costs, such as the $10,000 deductible on the building’s property insurance.

Donations to the relief fund came from as far away as the United Kingdom, Germany and China. Individual contributions totaled $13

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