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Jun 20, 2011 10:48 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

N.O. felony arrests-conviction rates improving

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Metropolitan Crime Commission report says that 42 percent of felony arrests from 2009 concluded in felony convictions.
That's the highest rate of conviction since the commission began tracking in 1999 and a significant increase from the 24 percent arrest to conviction rate for 2007 felony arrests. The report was released Monday.
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.
The biggest difference between New Orleans and national statistics 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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