Rampant Crime Still A Problem In Post-Katrina New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Despite the stories of rebuilding in New
Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, residents there say crime remains
a huge problem.

Military police still patrol New Orleans streets in their
Humvees, but the city's police force is smaller and crime suspects
walk free because of the breakdown of a legal system that was
already at the brink of collapse before Katrina. The city's murder
rate has doubled.

Resident Ray Bellinger says she cries sometimes
to see so many homes still boarded up with no sign their owners
will come back. Because the streets are unsafe, she says she and
her family have a self-imposed curfew. She says they essentially
lock themselves in their home.

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