A data release by the FBI shows that violent crime in Louisiana has decreased. Louisiana's murder rate decreased by 7.8 percent, which is faster than the national average.
Governor Edwards said, "Today's FBI crime data shows decreases in violent crime and murder in Louisiana. We also saw decreases in property crime, including robbery. While there is still too much crime, we are moving toward a safer, less violent future."
According to the data, Louisiana's murder rate decreased by 3.4 percentage points and that the state's murder rate is at 11.4 per 100,000 people.
"The decrease in violent crime reaffirms what Republicans, Democrats, faith leaders, business leaders and law enforcement officals said at the time of the reform's passage: we can make our state safer with commonsense reforms that focus on non-violent offenders and invest in crime prevention," said Edwards.