New Orleans conviction rate highest it's been in 20 years
Chris Miller Reporting
The New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission says that better cooperation between the New Orleans Police Department and District Attorney's Office has led to a felony conviction rate that is more than double what it was seven years ago.
"A felony arrest made by the NOPD is more likely now than ever to result in a felony conviction," said Crime Commission president Rafael Goyeneche.
Listen to MCC President Rafael Goyeneche:
Since Leon Cannizzaro became D.A. and Ronal Serpas became the NOPD superintendent, conviction rates for felony arrests to felony convictions have risen to 45 percent.
"That's a dramatic change from the way things were just five years ago," Goyeneche said. "That can only happen by police and prosecutors working together to coordinate their efforts."
Goyeneche said the NOPD's reduced manpower is taking a measurable toll, however, in the form of fewer arrests in 2012. And he said NOPD continues to waste efforts arresting non-violent offenders on warrants or attachments from other jurisdictions, often to have those individuals released because the jurisdiction that issued the warrant refused to take custody.