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District Attorney: First Treat the Mental Illness

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore

Hillar Moore, was an investigator in the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office for 11 years, and a criminal defense attorney for 16 years, before he was elected DA himself.

With his long career in law enforcement, it has not escaped him that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country.

“We talk about how many people that we have incarcerated in Louisiana, which is obviously something the state is not proud of and that the state has to work on. But I think you also have to see that we have the highest truancy rate, illiteracy rate, teen pregnancy rate -- all of the things where we’re on the top or bottom of the list where you don’t want to be top or bottom," Moore says. "Either we are just trying to throw everybody in jail -- or we have some substantial issues that are leading us to that point.”

One of those issues: mental health.