NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Data compiled by a New Orleans newspaper shows the city's 2014 murder count was 38 as of Friday.
The figure reported by The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1r7H5xZ ) is a 21 percent decrease from the 48 murders in the city by the same point last year.
The total for all of last year, 156, was the lowest since 1985.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu attributes the progress to his administration's "NOLA for Life programs." Those include various resources, including job fairs, education and recreational activities for people likely to be caught up in street violence.
The anti-violence campaign continues to expand. Last year, it added a crisis intervention program at the Interim LSU Hospital Trauma Unit. The program is designed to mediate conflicts among surviving victims of gun violence.
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com