U.S. Attorney: New Orleans Survival Requires Cutting Crime


New Orleans has historically failed to pay for its own needs when it comes to criminal justice, says Louisiana Supreme Court justice Catherine Kimball. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Kimball told a meeting yesterday that, “Any city that wants to be a safe city is going to have to step up to the plate and put their resources there.”

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said that the meeting that the city’s crime rate can’t be blamed on Hurricane Katrina. He blamed poor public schools and neighborhoods were poverty is rampant and the disenfranchised are highly concentrated together for creating an economy where drug dealing is considered a step up. New Orleans won’t recover from the storm unless it reduces violent crime, Letten said. “We’ve had a significant spike in violent crime,” said Letten, U.S. attorney for the past five years and has been a prosecutor for more than 20. “The survival of this town depends on getting a handle on violent crime, and, for God’s sake, getting a handle on the education system.”

Link: http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/neworleans/index.ssf?/base/news-6/116306159765930.xml&coll=1

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