Cedric on Crime

Crime in the Second District affects the daily lives of far too many residents. Too many of our families have been ripped apart by violence; too many of our loved ones have become casualties of crime; and too many of our young ones live with a mindset that gives more thought to resting in peace than to living with purpose.

To deal with a problem this large, we need a comprehensive approach. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation, yet our crime rate is still unacceptably high. It is clear that the “lock them up and throw away the key” approach to crime isn’t working. Instead, what we need to stop simply reacting to crime after it happens, and start finding ways to prevent it.

Prevention starts with education. Showing our young people that there is a way to live that doesn’t involve crime starts in school. However, the hours between 3:00 and 5:30, after school and before many parents get home from work, are also crucial. In my time as a State Representative, I have worked tirelessly as an advocate for afterschool programs. These programs provide our children with a safe, productive alternative to crime and we must continue creating and investing in new ones.

Prevention is vital to fighting crime; however, we must also continue to improve the system we have. As a leader on the state’s Judicial Committee, I helped create a re-entry court. This court ensures that once an ex-offender has paid their debt to society, they can have an honest chance to earn an honest living. 

These measures are important, but the most effective thing we can do to stop the cycle of crime is fully funding our educational system- something to which I am fully committed. As your next Congressman, I will remain steadfast in my resolve to secure the funding and resources necessary to restore the safety of our city.  That’s why I’ve earned the support of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson and many more in the law enforcement community.