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160 murders and 1 conviction.

New Orleans regains title of murder capital of America.

Austin American-Statesman…

In the past 10 days, there have been eight murders in the Big Easy, bringing the year’s total so far to 91, law enforcement officials testified. And killers might think they have little to fear from the court system since the 160 murders committed in New Orleans last year have resulted in just one conviction.

In more than 3,000 criminal cases last year, charges had to be dismissed and suspects released because indictments weren’t brought within 60 days, as required by Louisiana law, said witnesses from New Orleans.

In the first three months of this year, violent crime is up 107 percent over the same period last year.

“Returning drug dealers and violent criminals have chosen to come back to New Orleans . . . to exploit the highly dysfunctional local criminal justice system, including its notorious ‘revolving door,’ ” testified Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Anthony Cannatella, deputy superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, described how the post-Katrina lack of juvenile detention facilities resulted in “a 14-year-old girl who stuck a gun in the face of a tourist and robbed her” being released to a parent almost immediately after being apprehended.

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