New Orleans City Council OKs Criminal Justice Reforms On Facial Recognition

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The New Orleans City Council is banning police from using facial recognition software and several other types of surveillance technology.

Over the weekend, councilmembers voted 6-1 to forbid facial recognition.

The council also approved restrictions on the use of arrests, rather than a summons to appear in court, for a range of nonviolent offenses.

Both measures were pushed by council member Jason Williams and have been top priorities for criminal justice reform and civil rights groups.

The groups called the new restrictions significant steps forward.

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