Today the new U.S. Attorney for the New Orleans area took his ceremonial oath of office. Ken Polite Jr. didn't waited to start making changes since taking over the office.
Polite will have to lead an office rocked by scandal, and he understands those challenges.
"From day one, I basically said, 'look, we're ready to start sailing forward,'" he said. "It's time to move forward, it's time to re-focus on the work."
Polite recognizes the problem violent crime presents, telling a luncheon of local businessmen that if the feds can prosecute violent gangs, they will.
"To date, we have indicted seven street gangs, representing over 74 individuals, who previously terrorized the streets of New Orleans," said Polite. "And I can promise you, there are more to come."
But Polite also says once a criminal is convicted and sentenced, the work doesn't stop there. He says it's time to get smart about identifying which ones could have a law-abiding future, and get them the education, training and rehabilitation they need.
"The more education we can get to offenders, the less likely they are to re-offend," he said. "Justice doesn't just mean enforcement. It also can mean intervention. It can mean rehabilitation."