Jason WilliamsFor Orleans Parish District Attorney
Update: Orleans Parish DA Jason Williams won the 2020 general election with nearly 58% of the vote. He assumed office on January 11, 2021, and his current term ends on December 31, 2027.
Jason Williams (D) is a career defense attorney, and New Orleans City Council President running to be the next District Attorney of Orleans Parish.
As Chair of the City Council Criminal Justice Committee, Williams has led efforts to reform the abusive policies of the current district attorney office. He has helped pass city policies to decriminalize marijuana, eliminate bail for minor offenses, and increase funding for the Orleans Public Defenders.
He is the only candidate in this race with a proven track record of fighting for progressive reform of our criminal justice system.
As Orleans Parish District Attorney, Williams has pledged to:
- Stand up to police misconduct, by properly screening and refusing cases that involve abusive or discriminatory actions by the police.
- Rebuilding public trust by expanding support of victim and witness service programs.
- Increasing transparency by collecting and publishing data on the DA office’s charging decisions.
- Disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by establishing trauma-informed screening, assessment, and wrap-around care for vulnerable youth.
- Establish a new Civil Rights Division to investigate and charge police officers or other officials who have engaged in misconduct. The unit would also re-investigate cold murder cases, and review past convictions and sentences.
- Create a special Conviction Integrity Division to review past convictions and clear the names of innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted.
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