New Orleans Justice Reform Advocates to Host District Attorney Candidate Forum

The New Orleans People’s District Attorney Coalition (NOPDAC) is hosting a two-hour virtual candidate forum on Wednesday, September 23. All four candidates for New Orleans District Attorney have agreed to participate, giving voters the opportunity to hear their views on important issues such as mass incarceration and criminal justice reform:

  • Arthur Hunter, Former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge
  • Keva Landrum, Former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge
  • Morris Reed, Former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge
  • Jason Williams, New Orleans City Council President

In their published Platform for a Reform District Attorney, NOPDAC states that their mission is to “create a District Attorney’s office that is ethical, equitable, compassionate, and accountable to all of its constituents,” in the hope of bringing an end to “the era of mass incarceration in New Orleans.”

During the live question and answer (Q&A) event, candidates will be asked to speak on their stances on issues such as:

  • Streamlining the office’s caseload by allowing Assistant District Attorneys to resolve cases;
  • Declining to prosecute so-called “quality of life” offenses often linked to poverty and homelessness;
  • Re-trying cases after an overturned conviction;
  • Allowing post-conviction review of cases with non-unanimous jury verdicts;
  • Creating racial impact statements for new district attorney policies;
  • Pursuing the death penalty in eligible cases.

In addition to the candidate Q&A, there will be live musical performances, guest speakers, and more. Those who wish to attend this virtual event can register here.

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