Confronting Councilman Carter on Crime

I sent this email (below) to James Carter today, and used the list provided by Jim Louis for emphasis. Carter called me back to say he’s hosting a meeting of the minds on Aug. 16th at the Hilton that includes developing a court watch program, programs with the business community too for job programs that pay $15 and higher and will work to get money for more prosecutors in the D.A.’s office. He is trying to get help from outside the city, he said he’ll be making the announcement about the summit tomorrow. Carter was nice on the phone, a bit defensive, which is what he should be. He sounded like the rest of us. Spent. My day was actually pretty mellow today. You know, compard to the last couple days.

In case you, too, feel like putting your foot up someone’s ass today.
New Orleans City Council

I wanted to thank Rob for sending the link, apparently, the 16th means September, rather than August, but as long as it is actually implemented, I will try to be (out of town) patient til then.

Dear Councilman Carter,

I have heard your approach, you campaigned on a promise to approach crime in our city “holistically”. However, you have yet to make a public response to the slaughter that happened in our neighborhood last weekend. Stacy Head has announced a strategy to try a program that worked in New York City in her hot spot of Central City. What is your plan to stop the bloodshed in your district, specifically, Treme?

A holistic approach would address the fact that judges, like Belloie, let criminals back out on the streets and that we have a District Attorney’s office that has a history of discrimination and has not gained the public’s confidence. In fact, Mr. Jordan’s unjust firings emptied the department of experienced prosecutors and support staff. We need to adopt a crime fighting budget sufficient enough to pay competitve wages to attract skilled lawyers. We need stop worrying about the egos of judges and get the dockets current. If we don’t get this element of our government fully operational we will lose the productive citizenry that is holding this city together and helping to rebuild. The current situation is dreadful.

I haven’t heard you speak directly toward the development any citywide pro-active programs for youth, nor the conditions in our schools only weeks away from opening as part of your holistic approach but I applaud the many faith-based and private initiatives I have seen get programs up and running in the city this summer.

I have included a list of the most recent murders for your review. Many of them have been in Treme and we have had more than our fair share of violent crime aside from murders. As Councilperson, what will you do?

Respectfully yours,
Laureen Lentz

2 Comments so far

  1. Editor B (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    Funny, the Council’s website has been down all day. You hacked them, didn’t you?

  2. rcs (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    For what it’s worth, the Council is convening a Crime Prevention Summit on September 16th.

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