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Old 04-09-2019, 10:29 AM
 
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I often hear about how New Orleans is a truly unique city, a place where people are easy-going and open minded. However this attitude contradicts the staggering violent crime rates that have persisted in the city for decades.

How can both of these things be true, and if so what causes them?
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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My own personal opinion:

1) A lot of poverty, generations of people who have been raised in the gang culture
2) The city has always been a haven for outlaws and illegal activity, thus in general the 'law' is just more lenient towards crime
3) People go there with 'lawless' intentions, what history generally regards as sinful things (gambling, prostitution, drugs)

It's really that simple to me. Something about rivers too, that seem to harness evil spirits
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Old 04-09-2019, 02:13 PM
 
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I think poverty is the #1 reason. That said, it's still a place full of open-minded and easy-going people, and many citizens are still happy to live there. Have you ever visited? I'm not arguing that it doesn't have problems with violence, but I definitely prefer to look at the big picture of New Orleans.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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I often hear about how New Orleans is a truly unique city, a place where people are easy-going and open minded. However this attitude contradicts the staggering violent crime rates that have persisted in the city for decades.

How can both of these things be true, and if so what causes them?
It's weird but new Orleans is all of those things, super friendly and open and potentially very violent...it's contradictory but that's New Orleans. If they ever got their crime under control, what a great city it would be (and expensive).
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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Lack of organized gangs (that every man for himself attitude, a lot of small sets fighting over turf...they have to be more brutal because they don´t have strength in numbers), poverty, guns running through the port...big retaliation culture.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkDfK0k5aHc

It´s not a paradox that we´re easily the friendliest folk in the USA though...certain percentages of the population are into what they´re into, and the rest of us are doing right by people....just like anywhere else, only exaggerated in both directions.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Willowbrook, Houston
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Agree with the previous statements. New Orleans is a lovely city, but if they can get tough on violent crime, it could be better. Do away with the 60 day rule, which a criminal walks free if no charges are brought forth within 60 days.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Bowie but New Orleans born and bred
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Do away with the 60 day rule, which a criminal walks free if no charges are brought forth within 60 days.
Wouldn't a better idea be to improve the criminal justice system so that legitimate charges are brought forth within 60 days? If I'm imprisoned for a crime I didn't commit, I shouldn't be imprisoned indefinitely because no charges are brought against me.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:03 PM
 
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I once assisted in the clearance at MSY of the 747 that brought the Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards and his entourage back to Louisiana from France. I do not exaggerate when I say I was truly amazed that some of the governor's entourage in the terminal that evening could have very easily been cast in a Hollywood's mobster movie without even changing their clothing or their speech patterns. Edwards, of course, was later sentenced to Federal prison for racketeering.

There are good and bad people in New Orleans but it was one place I could not get my family out of fast enough.
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Willowbrook, Houston
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Wouldn't a better idea be to improve the criminal justice system so that legitimate charges are brought forth within 60 days? If I'm imprisoned for a crime I didn't commit, I shouldn't be imprisoned indefinitely because no charges are brought against me.
Yes it would. I'd also like to add that police should be tough on victims who won't talk. Here in Houston, police are known for being hard on victims who won't talk.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Agree with the previous statements. New Orleans is a lovely city, but if they can get tough on violent crime, it could be better. Do away with the 60 day rule, which a criminal walks free if no charges are brought forth within 60 days.
Getting tough on crime doesn't actually mean anything. It's a gimmick.
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