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Play Button  swi - Shauna Sanford previews this month’s Louisiana Public Square. Shauna will explore how Louisiana cities are confronting high crime rates. Louisiana Public Square airs Wednesday, November 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Cpl. J. Gabb with the West Monroe Police Department explains why his city uses crime mapping on the internet to keep the public informed.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Cpl. J. Gabb with the West Monroe Police Department describes how social networking tools help police and citizens combat crime.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Aaron Martinez of the Baton Rouge Webb Park neighborhood explains why he started his “Webb Neighbors” email crime alerts.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Aaron Martinez, a resident of the Baton Rouge Webb Park neighborhood, highlights the successes of his “Webb Neighbors” eblasts.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Harry Johnson with the Concord Estates Crime Prevention District explains how CPD’s help not only residents but city police.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Chief Herbert Otwell with the Monroe Police Department touches on how he focuses limited resources to combat crime.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Adell Brown with “100 Black Men” of Metro Baton Rouge, explains the organization’s philosophy for combating crime.
Play Button  backgrounder clip - Adell Brown with “100 Black Men” of Metro Baton Rouge discusses how addressing truancy can reduce crime.

11/10 - Combating Crime in Louisiana

How are Louisiana cities and citizens confronting high crime rates?

In an unprecedented initiative, local, parish and state law enforcement agencies have joined forces to take on the crime problem in Louisiana’s capital city. And proving that crime is not only a problem in the state’s major metropolitan areas, Monroe, Slidell, Alexandria and Lafayette have been named among the 100 most dangerous communities in the country by Neighborhood Scout, a company specializing in relocation and real estate investment advice.

Louisiana Public Square explores how Louisiana cities and citizens are confronting high crime rates on “Combating Crime in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, November 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

Neighborhood Scout, a company specializing in relocation and real estate advice, recently released its ranking of the 100 most dangerous cities in the United States. Four Louisiana cities -Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette and Slidell – were on the list. According to 2009 FBI statistics, the murder rate for Baton Rouge ranks among the top 5 cities in the country. And Louisiana’s property crime rate – which includes home break-ins, shoplifting and theft - is 37.28- nearly 3 points higher than the national median. And it could get worse. Research shows that a 1% increase in the unemployment rate increases property crime by 2.2%. For Louisiana this would mean an additional 3,750 property crimes. So how are Louisiana cities and citizens combating crime?

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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

It was nice to be able to participate in the discussion.  We have to be more proactive in preventing crime so that we do not become a victim.  Awareness saves lives!

Posted by Rene'e L  on  11/24  at  09:10 PM

Thanks for these programs.  Good thing I wake up so early to catch these on occasion!  I saw it at 3a.m.  Is your show played during prime time??

As for crime, Lutcher in the River Parishes is not high.  Our office is in Kenner, and in a comfortable mixed neighborhood on Williams Blvd.  Again, we feel safe and comfortable, though I think there are more thefts and probably other violence that I have not been personally affected by, at least not in years.

To me, education is critical, BUT, money is poured into special programs in the schools for kids but there is a terrible pattern of apathy toward learning in lower economic groups.  Therefore, early childhood activities and programs may still be best.  There was a program for middle school kids called “Summer Bridge”, and its first director was Jay Altman, who may be a charter school principal still.  Quite a resource he and his team were, and probably are, but I’ve lost touch.

Education, early intervention, and economic development….if only people could be motivated to learn and have their kids learn and succeed!! 

Thanks for your time if you read all this! : )  Val Vogel

Posted by Val Vogel  on  11/25  at  05:09 AM

Thanks for your comments, Val.
Like you, a lot of experts we talked to agree that early intervention—and that includes good old parental involvement—is one of the keys to creating citizens who are productive and responsible.
Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment. By the way, WLAE-TV in New Orleans carries Louisiana Public Square at these times:
LAE-1   Wed. 9pm
LAE-2   Thu. 9pm
LAE-1   Thu. 3am

Posted by Louisiana Public Square  on  11/29  at  06:17 PM
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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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