From the LA Times:
This year, New Orleans is also on track to have the nation’s highest per capita murder rate.
In recent months, police, prosecutors and politicians have taken steps to put fewer minor offenders behind bars, in the hope that will free up resources to attack more serious crime. The initiative culminated in city ordinances passed this month that give officers the option of handing out court summonses to anyone suspected of prostitution or marijuana possession, in lieu of hauling them off to jail.
“For us, it’s a shift. … We don’t need to be arresting people for silly, minor things,” said police Deputy Superintendant Kirk M. Bouyelas.
It’s nice to see they admit to locking people up for “silly minor things”. If only they could admit that getting high and selling sex shouldn’t be crimes to begin with, their rehabilitation would be complete.