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Prosecutors were most successful in winning convictions in drug felony cases, with a 53 percent conviction rate, the report shows. Weapons and property crimes hovered around 40 percent, with a rate of 37 percent for violent Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonphase

"Arrest to conviction rates are the true indicator of criminal justice system effectiveness rather than stand alone arrest totals or numbers of convictions," said MCC President Rafael Goyeneche.

That's the highest rate since the commission began tracking in 1999 and a significant increase from the 24 percent arrest to conviction rate for 2007, when the watchdog group started issuing regular reports on the New Orleans criminal justice system.

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While police reduced arrests for minor offenses, the report identifies that 6,500 people were arrested for out of parish warrants. The majority of these arrests were for minor violations and people arrested were typically released from custody within one day.

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The report also finds that arrests were reduced 25 percent from 2009 to 2010, with the largest decreases in arrests for minor out of parish warrants, traffic, and municipal offenses. For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, summonses to appear in municipal court outnumbered municipal arrests.

´╗┐conviction rates improving

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I told the citizens of New Orleans in January, the sun is rising on our criminal justice system, and this report evidences that fact," Cannizzaro said in a statement.

felonies. The report does not say how many of the cases resulted in pleas or conviction on lesser felonies.

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The report tracked the outcome of 8,232 felony arrests made in 2009, New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's first full year in office, and found that prosecutors Omega Seamaster Titane Quartz 120m Price

"We're starting to see a shift in the use of police manpower, the department's most precious resource" said Goyeneche. "Arresting fewer minor offenders provides police with the opportunity to devote more time to felony offenders and is a starting point in rebuilding the department's relationship with the public. Police are only effective Omega Seamaster Gold Automatic when they use their limited resources to maximize public safety and enjoy a position of trust with the community."

Cannizzaro's aggressive tack in pursuing criminal cases has drawn criticism from defense attorneys and some inside Criminal District Court, who say many of the cases are weak and a waste of court time. Cannizzaro has said he aims to breed trust in a system that holds suspects Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 42mm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A Metropolitan Crime Commission report released Monday found that 42 percent of the New Orleans felony arrests led to felony convictions in 2009.

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Although the 42 percent conviction rate is a substantial improvement from past criminal justice system performance, it still lags behind the national felony arrest to conviction rate of 56 percent.

accountable. The report shows the DA's office refused just 14 percent of felony charges in 2009 felony arrest cases, compared with 39 percent in 2007 under Eddie Jordan. Another 6 percent were dismissed.

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won felony convictions in 42 percent of them.

The biggest difference between New Orleans and the nation is that 25 percent of felony arrests in Orleans parish are ultimately prosecuted as misdemeanors, compared to a national rate of 11 percent of felony arrests prosecuted as misdemeanors.

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