Voter Tools: Questions for Candidates for New Orleans District Attorney

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Overview

To be an informed voter, it is important to understand the role of a district attorney (DA) and the impact of the DA’s choices. The Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans office developed this tool as a guide for residents participating in DA candidate forums and debates or performing research on the candidates. Voters can use this tool to familiarize themselves with the role of the DA and record candidates’ positions on the issues.

Key Takeaway

The questions in the tool will help voters understand the options the DA has at each stage of the criminal justice process in New Orleans: charging, bail, diversion, discovery, case processing, plea bargaining, and sentencing.