JP has long been a champion of reforming and improving the criminal justice system. As both a former Orleans Parish Public Defender and brother of two New Orleans Police officers, he understands firsthand the importance of a strong, and fair, criminal justice system. He established the Pretrial Service Commission to assist the courts in assessing the safety and flight risk of a defendant when determining bonds and release conditions. He is currently spearheading efforts to have a legitimate conversation on how to streamline law enforcement in the City of New Orleans to get better outcomes with existing resources.
A steadfast advocate for women and children victims of abuse, JP formed the Sexual Assault Working Group to examine sexual assault incidents, investigations, and written policies at each Louisiana state college and university, leading to his passage of legislation addressing these issues. He has also authored laws that allows spouses who have been violently abused to get divorces more quickly and that protect abused children.
- Morrell Issues Letter to Board of Med Examiners on Nurse Practitioner Restrictions
- Morrell Urges Agencies to Submit Information on Untested Rape Kits as Per New State Law
- Sen. Morrell Announces Untested Sexual Assault Kit Responses
- Rape, sexual assault policies at Louisiana colleges to be reviewed
- JP Morrell Forms Group to Address Campus Sexual Assault Policies
- Drafting a uniform approach to sexual assault on Louisiana campuses: Editorial
- Inventory: 1,163 rape kits sit untested across Louisiana
- Victims abandoned when police let untested rape evidence kits stack up: Editorial
- Please Join Senator J.P. Morrell
- Senator Morrell Stands with Us
- Study commission looking at La. death penalty
- JP Morrell to Hold Hearing on Potential Mardi Gras Police Brutality Case
- Sen. Morrell says push will continue on justice reforms: A letter to the editor
JP represents a diverse district, and he knows how to put politics aside in order to achieve what is best for the people he represents. JP is known for his tenacity in rooting out waste, negligence, and corruption in the public sector. He has authored and advocated for numerous policies to fix government and ensure it is working for all of us. He’s passed bills that bar contractors and companies that bribe officials from contracting with the State of Louisiana. He’s streamlined existing boards and commissions to better utilize our hard earned tax dollars. When state-funded jobs programs were not delivering, he held them accountable. And when BP was not meeting its obligations after the oil spill, he took them to task; and he continues to fight them to pay what they owe.
- Morrell Seeks to Reform and Streamline State’s Film Tax Credits
- Legislators want answers on Louisiana jobs program
- State budget cuts looming for legislature
- J.P. Morrell seeks report on college sexual assault
- Commission looking at death penalty costs
- Colbert cracks audience up with Louisiana chicken boxing jokes
- Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Tax Credits Vetoed By Bobby Jindal. Why? No, Really. Why?
“I did not get into politics to skirt the tough issues. I sought office to help bring about positive, lasting change. That is why I have requested to be appointed to the Senate Education Committee.” – Senator JP Morrell
The son of a school principal, JP recognizes that improving education is the most effective way to enhance quality of life in Louisiana. To that end, last year he resigned his long standing position on the Senate Natural Resources Committee to fill the vacant seat on the Senate Education Committee. His bold move comes at a contentious time for education in Louisiana. Today we are faced with a range of challenging issues, including funding, Common Core, career and technical education, early childhood programs, and school governance. The education of our children, and grandchildren, is one the primary tasks of state government; and JP believes that he has a duty to represent District 3 on the forefront of this issue.
- Morrell to confront school reform
- Speaker Tucker and Senator Appel will no longer pursue SUNO/UNO merger
- Post-Katrina New Orleans school firings wrongful
- Defiant lawmakers, school officials vow to keep SUNO alive
A husband and father of two, JP is known as the state’s champion for families. In addition to his work on behalf of the victims of sexual assault, he fights for the issues and policies that keep families strong, including well-paying jobs, safe streets, smart schools, accessible health care, and vibrant neighborhoods. He continues working hard to fix streets and install street-lights, as well as ensuring that children have access to quality learning environments, such as the new Lake Forest Elementary Charter School in New Orleans East. He brought millions home to reopen Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East and fought to get additional FEMA funding for Nunez Community College in Chalmette. As a member of the Algiers Development District and Chairman of the Gentilly Development District he has been a leader in the redevelopment of the Federal City site in Algiers and Milne Boy’s Home located in Gentilly.
- Senator JP Morrell’s Annual Student Holiday Essay Contest
- Senator JP Morrell Stands with Us
- Morrell Urges Residents to meeting on N. Rampart/St. Claude Streetcar Project
- Rejection of Medicaid expansion now second guessed in La.
- Immediate divorce now allowed for domestic violence victims
- JP Morrell’s Letter of Support
- Quote of the Day
- ‘Chicken Boxing’ Not Cockfighting: La. Senator
- Organization Calling On La. Health Department To Stop Charging Rape Victims For Emergency Care
- Senator JP Morrell to Live Tweet During Road Home Collection Letter Meeting
- Senator Morrell Urges Governor Jindal to Act on Ameba Threat
- Morrell to confront school reform
- News Conference Today (9/19) about Lower 9th Ward Rental Housing
As a native of Southeast Louisiana, JP knows that coastal protection is the number one issue for St. Bernard, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes. He not only believes that it’s his responsibility as a leader to protect Louisiana’s coastal environment for future generations but also that the solutions should not negatively affect today’s fishermen and coastal communities. He has spoken out and voted against Senate Bill 469, a measure designed to halt a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against oil companies for damages to the Louisiana coast. While Sen. Morrell stresses the importance of coastal protection, he also knows that Louisiana’s coastal culture and economy cannot be jeopardized in the process.