E. Pete Adams Louisiana District Attorneys Association
E. Pete Adams currently serves as the Executive Director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, a not-for-profit corporation, and as Director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Retirement System.
Pete is a 1974 graduate of LSU Law School. He serves on many State and National boards and commissions. He is a past president of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators; the Louisiana Society of Association Executives; and the Louisiana Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems. He was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in 2014.
Pete has represented Louisiana prosecutors in the Legislature since 1975. He has also worked in more than a dozen states as a consultant to non-profit organizations. Pete is also a musician, singer-songwriter.
Pete is married to Dee Jones Adams, Director of the Baton Rouge Christian Counseling Center, and has two grown children and nine grandchildren.
Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.
Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.