The St. Tammany Parish criminal justice system has the right priorities when it comes to policing and prosecuting crime, according to a Metropolitan Crime Commission report released Wednesday, but the organization also pointed to areas that it said need improvement.

The report, released at a meeting hosted by the Northshore Business Council, urges police agencies in the parish and the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office to reduce the amount of time between arrest and a decision on filing a criminal charge.

It also urges the criminal justice system and parish government as a whole to make sure that nonviolent first offenders aren’t priced out of the parish’s diversion program, which requires defendants to pay for services.

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