Addressing crime must be our priority. The solution is not just about police or city government. It’s about the DA, Sheriff, judges, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, mental health providers, educators and citizens—they must all cooperate to connect the dots that will break the cycle of violent crime. It is about being smart with all the resources we have.

Law enforcement needs more money, yet more than $20,000 per year is spent to keep a non-violent offender in prison. That is not smart. Crime is certainly not the only issue…the city has infrastructure, education and economic issues, but violent crime problem is paramount to all others. It must be addressed for New Orleans to prosper.