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11/10 - Combating Crime in Louisiana

How are Louisiana cities and citizens confronting high crime rates?

In an unprecedented initiative, local, parish and state law enforcement agencies have joined forces to take on the crime problem in Louisiana’s capital city. And proving that crime is not only a problem in the state’s major metropolitan areas, Monroe, Slidell, Alexandria and Lafayette have been named among the 100 most dangerous communities in the country by Neighborhood Scout, a company specializing in relocation and real estate investment advice.

Louisiana Public Square explores how Louisiana cities and citizens are confronting high crime rates on “Combating Crime in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, November 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

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Neighborhood Scout, a company specializing in relocation and real estate advice, recently released its ranking of the 100 most dangerous cities in the United States. Four Louisiana cities -Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette and Slidell – were on the list. According to 2009 FBI statistics, the murder rate for Baton Rouge ranks among the top 5 cities in the country. And Louisiana’s property crime rate – which includes home break-ins, shoplifting and theft - is 37.28- nearly 3 points higher than the national median. And it could get worse. Research shows that a 1% increase in the unemployment rate increases property crime by 2.2%. For Louisiana this would mean an additional 3,750 property crimes. So how are Louisiana cities and citizens combating crime?

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It was nice to be able to participate in the discussion.  We have to be more proactive in preventing crime so that we do not become a victim.  Awareness saves lives!

Posted by Rene'e L  on  11/24  at  09:10 PM

Thanks for these programs.  Good thing I wake up so early to catch these on occasion!  I saw it at 3a.m.  Is your show played during prime time??

As for crime, Lutcher in the River Parishes is not high.  Our office is in Kenner, and in a comfortable mixed neighborhood on Williams Blvd.  Again, we feel safe and comfortable, though I think there are more thefts and probably other violence that I have not been personally affected by, at least not in years.

To me, education is critical, BUT, money is poured into special programs in the schools for kids but there is a terrible pattern of apathy toward learning in lower economic groups.  Therefore, early childhood activities and programs may still be best.  There was a program for middle school kids called “Summer Bridge”, and its first director was Jay Altman, who may be a charter school principal still.  Quite a resource he and his team were, and probably are, but I’ve lost touch.

Education, early intervention, and economic development….if only people could be motivated to learn and have their kids learn and succeed!! 

Thanks for your time if you read all this! : )  Val Vogel

Posted by Val Vogel  on  11/25  at  05:09 AM

Thanks for your comments, Val.
Like you, a lot of experts we talked to agree that early intervention—and that includes good old parental involvement—is one of the keys to creating citizens who are productive and responsible.
Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment. By the way, WLAE-TV in New Orleans carries Louisiana Public Square at these times:
LAE-1   Wed. 9pm
LAE-2   Thu. 9pm
LAE-1   Thu. 3am

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What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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