Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington hosted district attorneys from throughout the state last week in Natchitoches for the meeting of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. The group met to discuss and address current criminal justice issues including violent crimes, opioid misuse, juvenile justice, sexual assaults, victim resources and traffic safety.
Additionally, the district attorneys and staff participated in continued professional legal education on topics including identifying human trafficking and victims assistance coordination.
“This meeting was great opportunity for district attorneys to share information and strategies in addressing criminal justice issues in their jurisdictions. By working together and communicating, we are able to continue to effectively prosecute our cases, support our victims, and serve the citizens our parishes,” said District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery of St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, said, “It is great to visit Natchitoches during this time of the year to see this beautiful city and enjoy your warm hospitality.”
“Our meeting was very productive in addressing strategies in the operations of our offices. We all have similar challenges including the increase of violent crimes which has been apparent in every state in our country. We will continue to work with our law enforcement agencies, parish government officials, and our citizens to work diligently to pursue justice for those impacted by crime,” said Montgomery.
The Louisiana District Attorney’s Association is composed of the 42 elected district attorneys in the state. Their motto is “To improve Louisiana’s justice system and the office of District Attorney by enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of Louisiana’s District Attorneys and their staffs through education, legislative involvement, liaison and information sharing.”
In September 2021, the association initiated the effort “Operation DA Strong” which provided food, clothing and materials to citizens in parishes impacted by Hurricane Ida.