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10/09 - Crime in Louisiana

What factors contribute to our state’s high incidence of crime?

While Louisiana saw a drop in violent crime in 2008, two of the state’s cities were in the FBI’s top ten list for murders per capita. And nationally, Louisiana ranks first in the rate of women killed by men. What factors contribute to our state’s high incidence of crime? How can we combat this challenging problem? Watch, “Crime in Louisiana,” Wednesday, October 28th at 7 p.m. on Louisiana Public Square.

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Crime statistics in Louisiana reveal a disturbing pattern. The FBI’s national Uniform Crime Reports data tracks violent crime – murder, forcible rape, robbery, armed assault – and property crime – burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. While the country saw a 4% decline in overall crime from 2005 to 2007, Louisiana’s crime rate rose 12%. And despite an 8% drop in violent crime in the state last year, nationally, New Orleans ranked first in murders per capita.

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two of the state’s cities were in the FBI’s top ten list for murders per capita. And nationally, Louisiana ranks first in the rate of women killed by men.

Come on here people. Stop being so mamby-pamby.

FBI’s top ten list for murders per capita.

Let’s inject ‘em up! If you know you will die for your crime it will curb the crime. Be like Texas and put in an express lane for capitol punishment. I see no problem getting rid of the oxygen thieves. THEY KILL PEOPLE! I’m all for likking them in the public square so people can see what happens to killers. It will stop the crimes, get real people!

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• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

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