New Orleans political candidates will have to grapple with high crime to take office


“One is the problem is the police. The (other) problem is not enough police,” said Dr. Scharf.

NEW ORLEANS — With qualifying for city elections now complete, you’ll soon be hearing from many of the candidates running for office in New Orleans.  Like so many previous elections, public safety and crime will be issues of concern.  Homicides, shootings and carjackings in New Orleans are up double-digit percentage points compared to last year.  Those numbers are even greater going back to 2019.  City elections will take place in the fall, and soon, candidates will be laying out their plans to reduce crime in the city.   

 “I think we need evidence and facts not rhetoric,” said Dr. Peter Scharf.   

Dr. Scharf is criminologist at LSU Health Sciences in New…

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