Beyond Law Enforcement: Exploring Community-Based Strategies to Make New Orleans Safer

April 22, 2022

Today, the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) presented the second session of its special Breakfast Briefing series on public safety. This event, “Beyond Law Enforcement: Exploring Community-Based Strategies to Make New Orleans Safer,” featured local and national experts discussing ways in which communities can take action to reduce violence and improve public safety. BGR made this virtual event free to the public thanks to the sponsorship of First Horizon Bank.

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Our panelists included:

  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. Click here to download his presentation slides.
  • Karen Evans, executive director, New Orleans Children & Youth Planning Board. Click here to download her presentation slides.
  • James Logan, immediate past president, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans
  • Moderator: Charles West, BGR board member, president of Square Button Group and former director of the City of New Orleans Office of Criminal Justice Coordination

BGR’s president and CEO, Becky Mowbray, conducted a Q&A following their presentations.

Screenshot of BGR's April 22, 2022 Breakfast Briefing panel

The views expressed in this program are those of the speakers involved.

Did you miss the first session on April 8? Watch “Lessons from the Data: Current Public Safety Trends and the Factors that Influence Them” here on our website. The session featured two experts who regularly analyze data trends in our criminal justice system and in the broader community. Jeff Asher, a nationally recognized crime data analyst and co-founder of AH Datalytics, began the event by discussing current trends in New Orleans crime. Following this presentation, Lamar Gardere, executive director of The Data Center, explained how New Orleans’ poverty and income inequality are persistent problems underlying the city’s public safety problems.

BGR Breakfast Briefings give citizens of metropolitan New Orleans the opportunity to hear experts and decision-makers discuss major public policy issues facing the local community. To find out about future Breakfast Briefings and receive notices about new BGR reports, other BGR events and more, sign up for our email list here. BGR thanks everyone who attended this event. Our Breakfast Briefings are free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of: