District Attorneys cry foul over state budget

June 15, 2018 - 2:39 pm

(WWL.com) -- Heading into next week’s special session, many agencies across the state are facing budget cuts. 

District attorneys are not exempt from these cutbacks, and it looks like they could be quite steep to the tune of 82 percent if additional funding is not found. Executive Director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association Pete Adams says the financial slash will be overwhelming.

"District attorneys don't have the wherewithal to make up those cuts, especially such a drastic cut," says Adams.

Recently, the Louisiana Department of Corrections warned that unless additional tax revenue is raised by June 30th, thousands of inmates will be released. Adams says budget cuts to D.A.s could add to that.

"We're looking at releasing dangerous offenders because we can't provide them with a speedy trial," and Adams adds "You can be sure there will be an uptick in crime."
Adams says this is an issue that needs to be taken very seriously as it is a matter of public safety. He adds that if salaries get cut, prosecutors will leave DA offices. 
 

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