Crime committee meets amid violence spike

Crime committee meets amid violence spike
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 10:07pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:43am

The Baton Rouge Metro Council Crime Committee met Monday, amid the backdrop of a spike in violence recently.

The Committee's goal is long-term reduction in crime throughout East Baton Rouge Parish through several initiatives.

The Committee includes all the heads of law enforcement, and their top priorities include a new parish prison, and a juvenile detention center. Those two projects alone carry a price tag of about $200 million.

"This is a good way to justify what we're asking for, by meeting like this,” said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.  “Or decide a better way without the bond issue."

Whatever the Committee decides on will ultimately have to be approved by voters next year.

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