Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson
The City of New Orleans welcomed Susan Hutson as the Independent Police Monitor in June of 2010. Prior to accepting the position in New Orleans, Ms. Hutson worked at the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Office of the Inspector General as an Assistant Inspector General from June of 2007 until May of 2010.
Ms. Hutson holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. After law school, she joined a small firm of lawyers, where she had a general practice. She left private practice to join the Corpus Christi City Attorney's Office where she served as an assistant city attorney prosecuting cases in the Municipal Court. She became Chief Prosecutor and later moved to the Employment Section, where she advised city directors on numerous employment matters, including disciplinary, constitutional, discrimination, and compensation issues. Her primary responsibilities were consulting with the Chief of Police, the Fire Chief, and other supervisors on misconduct investigations and representing the city during arbitrations and civil service hearings. While in Corpus Christi, Ms. Hutson also taught university-level courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Her experience in dealing with Internal Affairs and civil service law led her to the Office of the Police Monitor in Austin, Texas. She began as the Assistant Police Monitor in August of 2004 and took over as the Acting Police Monitor in January of 2006.
While working in Austin and Los Angeles, Ms. Hutson published reports for these offices, which provide valuable information to the community about how their police departments monitor themselves.
Deputy Police Monitor Simone Levine
Simone Levine has dedicated her career to ensuring public accountability in the criminal justice system and in the civic arena. She recently assumed the post of Deputy Police Monitor within the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM).
Prior to joining the IPM, Ms. Levine served as Assistant Attorney General to the Criminal Prosecutions Division of the Office of the Attorney General of New York State. In that capacity, she prosecuted public integrity, white collar crime, and human trafficking cases. Ms. Levine has also served as legislative counsel to the New York State Assembly Criminal Justice committee, the New York State Senate Criminal Justice Committee and the New York State Senate Corrections committee. Her legislative portfolio includes drafting and negotiating legislation related to government ethics, labor law, local government law, criminal fraud, criminal law, criminal procedure, crime victims, public officers law, juvenile justice, corrections law and election law. She also had responsibility over an extensive ethics investigation within the New York State Senate, supervising data evaluation for said investigation and creating standards and methodologies for the review of potential ethics violations.
Before entering the Attorney General's Office, Ms. Levine practiced criminal defense for ten years, managing her own private practice and practicing as a public defender in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. She has also worked at the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem and the Federal Defenders Office of Puerto Rico.
Ms. Levine lived and worked in East Asia over a period of five years before becoming an attorney. She has worked with regional and international human rights groups in South Korea, China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. Her efforts abroad have focused on advocating for government
accountability for victims of police and military brutality.
Ms. Levine’s degrees include an Honors BA in Political Science and a Minor in East Asian Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was Editor-and-Chief of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal. She also studied at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, receiving the Elihu Burritt Prize and the Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Ms. Levine was an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice at the John Jay College in New York.
While in law school, Ms. Levine assisted the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild Police Accountability Project in litigation against the New York Police Department Street Crimes Unit in the wake of the Amadu Diallo’s death. She later became the director of the Community Against Police Abuse in Hartford, Connecticut monitoring police abuse and racial profiling.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Levine has studied Wu Shu, Kung Fu, Karate, Tai Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Aikido, and traditional American boxing. She competed as an amateur boxer from 2005-2009, with a record of 4-1. She is currently a USA boxing official, trained to judge, referee and officiate boxing bouts. Ms. Levine speaks French and Spanish.
Executive Director of Community Relations Ursula Price
Ursula Price was appointed as the Executive Director for Community Relations in September 2010. Ms. Price first came to New Orleans after completing her Master's in International Relations from University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science from Millsaps College. She began working within the arenas of social and legal justice reform by serving Louisiana's indigent defendants at A Fighting Chance (AFC) and Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC). At both AFC and LCAC, she worked tirelessly to protect constitutional rights in our criminal justice system by providing a fair and rigorous defense to Louisianans facing the death penalty and to support the Louisiana justice systems’ efforts toward transparency and accountability.
After Hurricane Katrina, she remained in New Orleans and earned a Soros Justice Fellowship she used to advocate on behalf of Katrina Prisoners without a voice in the Orleans Parish Prison. She soon joined Safe Streets/Strong Communities as their Advocacy and Investigations Coordinator. Her work there ranged from policy advocacy to organizing the community around improving many aspects of New Orleans’ criminal justice system. After a one year hiatus in Mississippi, where she worked with Southern Poverty Law Center, Ursula returned to New Orleans. Ms. Price is excited to help build the Office of the Independent Police Monitor, which she rigorously supported as part of her advocacy for criminal justice reform in New Orleans. Ursula is focusing her energies on supporting citizen involvement in public safety and creating avenues for greater public trust in the police department.
Mediation Coordinator Alison McCrary
Alison McCrary, CSJ began as the Community-Police Mediation Program Coordinator for the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor in June 2014. Sister Alison received her J.D. from Loyola University’s College of Law in New Orleans and her B.A. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She also completed coursework at Johannes Gutenburg Universität in Mainz, Germany, University of Surrey in London, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Loyola University Chicago, and Catholic Theological Union.
Most recently Sister Alison completed a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship in New Orleans where she organized, advocated and helped change policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans’ indigenous cultural traditions. Prior to law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations in New York monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions on women, peace, and security. She has since clerked or worked at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the Louisiana Voters’ Rights Network, Equity and Inclusion Campaign for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office, Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the School of the Americas Watch, and Loyola University’s Community Justice Clinic. In 2009, she was an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. Internationally, Sister Alison has worked on racial, educational, and economic justice issues in the favelas (slums) of Brazil and advocated for compensation for the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Sister Alison has published journal articles, written for blogs, given presentations at conferences, schools, and universities, and conducted research for institutions and academics. In 2012, the National Catholic Reporter named her as one of twelve “Women under 40 Making Change.” She has also been the recipient of the Pedro Arrupe Award for Social Justice (2010), the Louisiana State Bar Association Award for providing significant support for legal services to Louisiana’s indigent (2009), and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award (2009).
Sister Alison currently serves as a volunteer Spiritual Advisor on death row at Louisiana State Penitentiary. She is a native of rural Georgia and a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. She has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations in New Orleans.