November 8, 2010
New Orleans Law Enforcement Leaders Say
Child Abuse Linked to Future Crime
Police Superintendent, Sheriff, Assistant District Attorney say home visits needed to prevent child abuse, later crime; 27 kids abused or neglected every day
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- Law enforcement leaders will hold a press conference on Tuesday to raise awareness about the connection between child abuse and neglect and juvenile crime. They will release a report showing that, on average, one child in Louisiana is abused or neglected every hour of every day.
The report will also show that high-quality voluntary home visiting programs can cut child abuse and neglect by as much as 50%, while also significantly reducing later crime and saving taxpayers dollars in the long run. The group will call on state lawmakers and the Governor to prioritize Louisiana’s investment in voluntary home visiting programs and pursue new federal funding for these services proven to curb child abuse and improve public safety.
WHO: Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, New Orleans Police Department
Marlin N. Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff
Barron Burmaster, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson Parish D.A.‘s Office
Cyndy Rees, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
A Nurse-Family Partnership nurse who is an expert in the home visiting program and a New Orleans parent who has graduated from the program will also speak at the press conference.
WHAT: News Conference
WHEN: 10 a.m. CST
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
WHERE: New Orleans Police Department
Fifth Floor Conference Room
715 South Broad Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119
VISUALS: Law enforcement leaders in uniform
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