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See where local candidates land on civil liberties and civil rights.
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October 14, 2020
See where local candidates land on civil liberties and civil rights.

The election for Orleans Parish district attorney on Dec. 5 is a historic opportunity to shape the city’s priorities on racial disparities in sentencing, prosecutorial practices, bail reform and help end mass incarceration. The next DA can create a fairer, more equitable criminal legal system and champion reform.

Make informed decisions. Make sure you know where the candidates are on key civil liberties and civil rights issues.

Keva Landrum (left) and Jason Williams (right) candidates in the runoff for Orleans Parish's District Attorney.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Candidate Dashboard

IssuesKeva LandrumJason Williams
Pledges not to prosecute marijuana possessionDid not pledgeYes
Pledges not to seek “habitual offender” enhancementsNoYes
Prosecutorial Practices
Pledges not to lock crime survivors in jail to secure their testimonyNoYes
Pledges to recommend release of people held on technical violations of probation and paroleDid not pledgeYes
Pledges to make charging decisions within five days of a person’s jail admission, or agree to release without bond, except for charges carrying life in prisonDid not pledgeYes
Juvenile Justice
Pledges not to transfer kids out of juvenile court to be prosecuted as adultsNoYes
Transparency & Public Integrity
Pledges to re-establish a Conviction Integrity UnitYesYes
Commits to independent investigations of killings and use of excessive force by policeYesYes
Full questionnaire links: Keva Landrum | Jason Williams | Morris Reed did not return a completed questionnaire

Learn more about what New Orleanians want from their next district attorney with the ACLU of Louisiana’s candidate briefing: The Power of a Prosecutor.

Hear the ACLU of Louisiana DA radio ad here.

Paid for by American Civil Liberties Union, Inc., Anthony Romero, Executive Director, 125 Broad Street, New York, New York 10004, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. The ACLU does not support or oppose candidates for elected office.

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