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Crime in Louisiana (2009)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-10-28

Duration: 00:56:05

Subjects: Criminals -- Rehabilitation | Beggars | Community policing | Neighborhood watch programs | Truancy | Drugs | Poverty | Prisons | PRISONERS | Filmed panel discussions | Crime | Drug legalization | Law Enforcement | CRIME PREVENTION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Broussard, Bryan Photographer
  • Budd, Sally Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Williams, Ben Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • LeDuff, Jeff Interviewee
  • Lee, Matthew Interviewee
  • Obama, Barack Speaker
  • Forbes, Martha Interviewee
  • Whitehorn, Henry Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Faerber, Joanna Speaker
  • St. Romain, Everett Speaker
  • Wisham, Theonique Speaker
  • Heaton, Jeff Speaker
  • Menan, Mohan Speaker
  • St. Cyr, Scott Speaker
  • McCrory, Ann Speaker
  • Benton, Warren Speaker
  • Hunter, Rena Speaker
  • Bowdry, Annie Speaker
  • Hollins, Kenneth Speaker
  • Pinkins, Ashlyn Speaker
  • Fini, Ali Speaker
  • Darensbourg, Attlah Speaker
  • Jeansonne, Bill Speaker
  • Jensen, Derek Speaker
  • Singh, Betty Speaker
  • Dupas, Shirley Speaker
  • Caldwell, Buddy Panelist
  • Guin, Cecile Panelist
  • Williams, Ralph Panelist
  • Harrison, Kevin Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 28, 2009, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on crime in Louisiana. The panelists are Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, Dr. Cecile Guin of the LSU School of Social Work, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Williams of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Kevin Harrison, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. They discussed: prisoner rehabilitation programs; panhandlers in parking lots; community policing and neighborhood watch programs; the relationship between truancy and crime; the relationship between drugs and crime; the connection between Louisiana’s high rates of poverty and incarceration; whether legalizing drugs will reduce crime; the improved communication between law enforcement agencies; and the importance of crime prevention.Host: Beth CourtneyHost: Craig Freeman