Keeping up with the fight against crime in Baton Rouge has turned into a major effort for local law enforcement. Hardly a day passes that we aren't shocked or outraged at what we see and hear about.
There's a principal called the 80-20 rule. It means 80% of the crime is committed by 20% of the criminals. If that's correct, the 20% is doing a lot of damage. The district attorney, sheriff, and three local police chiefs are applying that rule in a new program that targets repeat criminal offenders.
It's called ROPES, which stands for "Repeat Offender Prosecution and Enhancement System." It's a big undertaking that is stretching the budgets of law enforcement. To date, this multi-agency effort has identified 288 repeat offenders. The top 30 of the worst of those have already been targeted.