POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 3:58pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Two men are running to be the Sheriff in East Baton Rouge Parish, hoping to un-seat the incumbent is retired Baton Rouge Police officer Mark Milligan.
Milligan says he's focusing on education. He says if everyone from kids to current inmates learn about the impact and consequences of crime the streets will be safer. Milligan says if he's elected, he's planning to bring a G.E.D. program to the parish prison.
He wants to require all inmates who don't have a high school diploma to get a degree.
Until then, he says everyone in the parish will still worry about what could happen.
“The crime problem? It's paramount,” Millian said. “It's the reason why we're unable to walk out our doors and not feel safe and secure. It's the reason we worry about our family members because of the lack of leadership in terms of bringing that crime rate down. You can't look them up your way out of this problem.”
Milligan goes on to say expanding prisons and arresting more people only fix the parish's violent crime problem, temporarily.
We also conducted an interview with Casey Hicks, a representative for Sheiff Sid Gautreaux. Click here  to view that story.