Outraged by its high levels of recorded murders and shootings – 10 times the national average – the City, spurred by Mayor Landrieu, launched a comprehensive, ambitious plan to reduce homicides and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
The resulting plan, NOLA FOR LIFE rests on five pillars:
- Stop the Shootings, which includes strategies such as Ceasefire and Group Violence Reduction Strategy
- Prevention, including recreation, mentoring, restorative justice and school-based responses to trauma
- Promote Jobs and Opportunity
- Rebuild Neighborhoods physically and alter community norms, and
- Strengthen the NOPD
These are not just words, a plan based in rhetoric alone. Most impressive is the mayor’s deep, passionate and abiding commitment to effect major changes across the board. He has attracted additional resources, seen the murder rate drop 18% and mobilized the governmental, civic and private sectors in a coordinated, multi-disciplinary action plan.
Guided by an overall vision and anchored in objectives and performance indicators, the plan specifies activities and responsible parties. To ensure coordination and synergy, the work is guided by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.
Through NOLA FOR LIFE, New Orleans, a city torn apart by some of the highest rates of violence in America, is well on its way to reducing violence and building healthy, vital communities that do not produce violence.