199 people were killed in New Orleans last year – 10 times the national average and a 14% increase over 2010. This January, the murder rate continued to skyrocket, with 25 killed, putting New Orleans on pace for 300 violent deaths in 2012 – 15 times the national average and a stunning 50% increase over 2011.
City officials are scrambling to figure out some way to combat this horrific plague – and there are increasing calls to tighten the youth curfew to 8pm every night, which some believe will curb youths from being a party to violent crimes.
The city council will vote later this month on whether to make this proposal a New Orleans-wide law. The policy is supported by both Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas. Critics say the curfew infringes on the rights of children and won’t do much to reduce crime.
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