New Orleans Starts Series Of New Anticrime Measures


A series of anticrime measures were announced by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Police Chief Warren Riley and District Attorney Eddie Jordan to combat a recent spate of violence, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The plans include expediting the prosecution of murder cases, turning them over to the district attorney within 28 days; turning over routine police duties to sheriff’s deputies, which will allow New Orleans police officers to work serious crimes, increasing drug and alcohol vehicle stops between 2 and 6 a.m. from three to nine a week; starting a court watchers program in which hundreds of citizens will follow cases through system and report any problems, and starting a program run by clergy that is aimed at giving youth alternatives to crime.


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