Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE murder reduction strategy aims to reduce group-related gun violence in New Orleans. The Group Violence Reduction Strategy, advised by the National Network, is one of the key initiatives.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched NOLA FOR LIFE, a cutting edge and comprehensive murder reduction strategy, in the spring of 2012 to tackle the city’s historically-high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives under five pillars: (1) Stop the Shooting, (2) Invest in Prevention, (3) Promote Jobs and Opportunity, (4) Strengthen the NOPD, and (5) Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. NOLA FOR LIFE was fueled by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in partnership with public safety and public health experts and local service providers.
The National Network advises the city's Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS), an integral aspect of the city's Stop the Shooting initiatives, which focuses on group-related gun violence.
New Orleans has been conducting call-ins since 2012 and began custom notifications in 2014. In 2013, the city saw historical reductions in gun homicide.
decrease in group member-involved homicides
A report outlining the work of NOLA for Life.
"In an age when policing is under intense scrutiny, new training programs for officers are showing up across the country." This program teaches "officers how to be psychologically prepared to intervene when they see fellow officers on the verge of unethical behavior."Max Becherer for The New York Times
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu penned an oped outlining the impressive changes the NOPD is making and how it is sharing those innovations to improve policing across the country.
New Orleans has made significant progress in reducing gun violence, and now looks to take next steps.
Valerie Jarret, Senior Advisor to the President and Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, penned an op-ed outlining their shared vision for criminal justice reform.
This report "provides an all-encompassing view of the City’s comprehensive murder-reduction strategy. The Progress Report details why certain initiatives were selected, who they are reaching and the results they have produced."
NOLA for Life continues to lead to reductions in violence. "After the first three years of the program, the homicide rate fell 18 percent. Deaths ticked up in 2015, but as of mid-June, the rate appears poised to fall again this year."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu penned an op-ed outlining the importance of reducing incarceration in New Orleans.
"All too often...the promise of safe, healthy and hopeful communities for all is not being realized for African-American men. Indeed, while they represent significant populations in many of our cities, black men are disproportionately impacted by violence and other systemic barriers to opportunity."
"Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Thursday that the city's latest "NOLA for Life" basketball season was the most highly attended season since the program began in 2012. "