The St. Tammany Parish criminal justice system delivered felony convictions on 63 percent of the defendants charged with felonies, significantly higher than the national average, according to a two-year study released Wednesday (April 5) by the Metropolitan Crime Commission. An additional 16 percent of felony arrests resulted in misdemeanor convictions, calculating to 79 percent of all felony charges leading to some form of conviction.

Felonies accounted for 26 percent of all arrests in 2013 and 2014, indicating a strong police focus on the most serious crimes. The relatively low number of traffic arrests – 3 percent of all recorded arrets in the two-year period — is an indication that St. Tammany law enforcement agencies used discretion with less serious violations, according to the study, commissioned by the Northshore Business Council.

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