Marjorie Esman, who has served as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana for 10 years, is retiring at the end of this month. Esman, a graduate of Tulane Law School, was a member of the ACLU of Louisiana board of directors from 1995 and the ACLU National Board from 1997 before leading the local group.

Jonathan Evans won the New Orleans Film Festival's juried prize for Louisiana feature for On Our Watch, a documentary about coastal erosion, the Louisianans who are being displaced as the land disappears and what can be done about it. Garrett Bradley won the prize for Louisiana Short for her film Alone, which also won at the Sundance Film Festival.

Steve Prator, sheriff of Caddo Parish, drew national attention when he complained that justice reform laws being implemented Nov. 1 would lead to "good" prisoners being let out of jail. "They're releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change the oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchen, to do all that where we save money," Prator lamented — drawing an international chorus of rebukes.