New Orleans Rolls the Dice on Its Own Progressive DA and Sheriff

New Orleans has a new sheriff, and she’s joined the city’s District Attorney to form a progressive team that will try to have a positive effect on its burgeoning crime rate.

Misguided progressive law enforcement and prosecution efforts have backfired across the country, and there’s little reason to expect anything different in New Orleans.

Susan Hutson, a former independent police monitor, was largely funded by out-of-state donations, including $200,000 from an organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. What is certain is that none of the out-of-state contributors will face the consequences for living in a city where its citizens are subject to high-minded social experiments — experiments that sadly are doomed to fail.

Hutson’s campaign, which dislodged a 17-year incumbent, focused mostly on reform and diversion programs, similar to pushes in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

On the bright side, Hutson says the parish jail will have gender-affirming housing where inmates will be classified based on what they identify as rather than their birth gender.

District Attorney Jason Williams, another progressive DA in a country that has too many already, is under fire after reports reveal 701 inmates awaiting prosecution were instead released. The suspects go free if the DA’s office does not decide on formal charges by the deadline.

In a state that led the nation in murder rate for 31 straight years through 2020, New Olreans recorded more murders in 2021 than any year since Hurricane Katrina, when the city’s population was 15% larger. The arrest rate for last year’s homicides? Less than 40%.

New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson is on record saying suspects being arrested brag to officers that they will be out of jail before the report is written. The jail does not have the resources to handle the exploding crime rate, and is down to merely housing the worst of the worst.

Even liberal bastions like San Francisco are coming to terms with the foolishness of giving radical progressives the keys to the courthouse and the jail. While their ivory-tower policies may be relatively harmless in other civic areas, controlling violent crime requires a fortitude and backbone that their ilk rarely if ever possesses.