Report shows sentencing variations, people jailed over fines

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new report details widely varying sentences for people convicted of domestic abuse battery compared to certain drug crimes and says hundreds have been jailed for failing to pay fines.
The report released Wednesday by the organization Court Watch NOLA details statistics about the city's court system from 2015.
The organization doesn't analyze the data or make policy recommendations based off of their findings but instead presents them to the public so citizens can learn more about the courts.
Simone Levine, the organization's executive director, noted the "surprising" data showing that people convicted of domestic abuse battery received sentences "much lower" than people convicted of distribution of cocaine.
The report also details how hundreds of people were arrested for failing to pay fines and fees associated with their cases.
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