Tommy: Improving our odds in fight against juvenile crime
Everybody knows there’s a crime problem in New Orleans, and of course, that means juvenile crime too.
Records indicate that Marshall Coulter, the teen shot in the head by Marigny homeowner Merritt Landry, has a criminal record that began when he was only ten years old. What could have been done differently then that would have kept him on a better path?
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If more resources are to be devoted to juvenile crime (as many think they should), should those efforts focus on rehabilitating these kids, or simply punishing them? Should we offer kinder, gentler rehabilitation or harsher, tougher punishments?
We spoke with Robert Jenkins, a criminal defense attorney and former State Public Defender; and he had some interesting things to say.
“I’ve done this long enough to know that a lot of times, this so-called 'fear of rehabilitation;' what we’re allegedly doing in jail just doesn’t work. It’s not working… I believe we just have to get tougher.”
Another of his big points was about parenting.
“We can have a second line and have more parents come out than we have to a school board meeting, or something for their child. The problem is that what we’ve been doing isn’t working. And we have laws on the books that can help, but we don’t use them.”
Take a listen to the podcast and tell me... what do you think?
FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Robert Jenkins about juvenile crime