District attorneys from throughout Louisiana convened in Natchitoches for the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association monthly meeting. Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington hosted the meeting to “…show my fellow DA’s our beautiful city during this special time of the year.”
Echoing the sentiments in welcoming the district attorneys included remarks from Sheriff Victor Jones, Parish President Rick Nowlin, Sen. Gerald Long and Reps. Kenny Cox and Terry Brown.
LDAA Executive Director Pete Adams and incoming Executive Director Loren Lampert conducted the business meeting to discuss issues relating the administration of criminal justice and law enforcement in Louisiana. “We had numerous district attorneys drive in from across Louisiana to be here today to see this beautiful community and to attend our meeting. We discussed upcoming legislative topics and how they will affect our offices’ programs and other criminal justice agencies,” said Adams. Lampert, who will replace Adams as executive director in 2019, said, “Members were delighted to come to Natchitoches to see the Christmas lights and enjoy the warm hospitality provided.”
“I wish to thank Northwestern State University for hosting us today. We had a great opportunity to showcase our university and our parish to the district attorneys,” Harrington said.
The LDAA is organized by the 42 district attorneys in Louisiana whose mission is “To improve Louisiana’s justice system enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of Louisiana’s district attorneys and their staffs through education, legislative involvement, liaison, and information sharing.” In addition to their main role of prosecuting criminal cases, district attorneys also focus on victim services, children’s advocacy, highway safety, juvenile justice and child support enforcement.
The Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office is located at the parish courthouse on the second floor. Citizens are encouraged to contact the office at 318-357-2214 if in need of services.