A lack of education is a major factor driving crime in the Baton Rouge area, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said in an interview of the Jim Engster radio show Tuesday afternoon.
Moore also reiterated his disappointment and frustration with a spike in homicides in East Baton Rouge Parish starting in June, echoing comments made earlier to the Advocate which were quoted by Engster on-air during the interview.
Other categories of violent crime in the parish remained largely flat in 2015, Moore told Engster, rising or falling about 1 percent over 2014. Shootings with multiple victims contributed to a rise in homicides last year, said Moore, who told Engster he hoped the homicide rate would continue its historical decline in the coming year.
“I hope it’s just a blip,” Moore said.
Pointing to lower levels of education and low-performing schools in some of the parish’s most crime-affected neighborhoods as the prime contributor to violence, Moore told Engster he believes Superintendent Warren Drake’s administration in the East Baton Rouge School System is making strides.
Moore also spoke about efforts to address rising crime rates in the Tigerland area near LSU. Listen to the full interview here.