Saturday, July 13, 2024

2024 Louisiana Survey Reveals Broad Support for Crime and Criminal Justice Policies

by BIZ Magazine

BATON ROUGE— Researchers from the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication have unveiled the second report of the 2024 Louisiana Survey, highlighting significant support among Louisiana residents for a variety of crime and criminal justice policies.

The survey, conducted between March 20 and April 23, 2024, involved 511 adult residents interviewed via telephone and an additional 540 adult residents surveyed online from March 25 to April 3, 2024. The telephone-based survey has a margin of error of +/- 5.6%, while the online survey has a margin of error of +/- 6%.

Key Findings:

  1. Perception of Crime:
    • 72% of respondents believe the amount of crime has increased in recent years.
    • Only 41% perceive an increase in crime within their local communities.
  2. Personal Impact:
    • Most residents were not direct victims of crime in the past year.
    • 58% know someone who was a victim of property crime.
    • 44% know someone who was attacked or threatened with violence.
  3. Policy Support:
    • 84% support deploying Louisiana State Police to assist local law enforcement in high-crime areas.
    • 74% favor the state Office of the Attorney General taking over some local crime prosecutions in high-crime areas.
    • 56% support increased spending on local law enforcement.
  4. Reform and Alternatives:
    • 86% advocate for more alternatives to prison.
    • 65% support judicial flexibility in sentencing.
    • 55% approve of recent criminal justice reforms.

Michael Henderson, Ph.D., director of the Louisiana Survey, commented on the results, emphasizing the broad support for proactive crime policies and judicial reforms. “The findings reflect a nuanced view of crime and criminal justice, with residents advocating for both robust law enforcement and progressive reform measures,” Henderson said.

Survey Background: The Louisiana Survey, initiated in 2003, tracks public opinion on various state government services and contemporary policy issues. It provides benchmarks and insights into residents’ perceptions of state direction, key issues, revenue sources, and spending priorities.

About the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs: The Reilly Center is committed to generating programs, dialogue, and research on mass communication and its relationship with social, economic, and political issues. Its interdisciplinary approach aims to inspire community engagement, action, and knowledge expansion. The center also supports the Manship School’s leadership in media and politics.

About LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication: The Manship School is one of the top collegiate communication programs in the nation, offering degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising, and pre-law, along with advanced degrees in media and public affairs.

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