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    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.

New Orleans

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

News & Updates

New Orleans sees recent dip in murders after spike in first half of 2017

September 2017  |  The Times-Picayune  

New Orleans averaged a murder about every other day in the first six months of 2017 - startling for a city of less than 400,000 people - but the police chief said last week he was encouraged by a dip in killings that started the second half of the year. The city went without a murder for an entire week in July, and there was a 10-day stretch without a murder from late August until Cierra Green and Terry Jones were both fatally shot in a Desire-area apartment on Sept. 6.

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In New Orleans’ mayor’s complicated legacy on crime, NOLA for Life is a bright spot

July 2017  |  The New Orleans Advocate  

During the early years of NOLA for Life, the number of homicides in New Orleans declined to its lowest rate since 1971. Since then, however, violence has steadily increased.

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NOLA for Life 2016 Progress Report

September 2016  |  NOLA for Life  

A report outlining the work of NOLA for Life. 

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New Orleans Program Teaches Officers to Police One Another

August 2016  |  New York Times  

"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

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With reforms, NOPD is becoming a model for other police departments

August 2016  |  The Times-Picayune   

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. 

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New Orleans Searches For The Truth

July 2016  |  Five Thirty Eight  

New Orleans has made significant progress in reducing gun violence, and now looks to take next steps. 

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We must create a criminal justice system that makes us safer

July 2016  |  The Times-Picayune   

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. 

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NOLA for Life Four-Year Progress Report

July 2016  |  NOLA for Life  

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."

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NOLA for Life architect talks murder reduction in extended interview

June 2016  |  The Times-Picayune   

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."

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New Orleans is locking up fewer people, but still needs to reduce incarceration

May 2016  |  The Times-Picayune   

Mayor Mitch Landrieu penned an op-ed outlining the importance of reducing incarceration in New Orleans. 

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“While I was the Chief of Police in New Orleans we had over 150 young men come to the call-ins. Every single call-in I think we reached somebody.”  

– Ronal Serpas, Former Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department