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$350 Million bond could fund new DA office

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BATON ROUGE- The mayor's pending proposal for a $350 million bond initiative would likely fund several aspects of public safety, including a new District Attorney's office.

Currently the DA occupies a couple floors in the city's Governmental Building as well as an office near the courthouse and offices near Juvenile court. 

The proposal would combine most of the DA's operation into one building that would take the place of an older facility adjacent to the 19th District Judicial Court.

The facility would also house the public defender's office and add a skywalk between the court and the office so attorneys can access the court seamlessly.

"Security is the main thing for us, and the ability to get back and forth with files and witnesses and protection for not just employees, but witnesses that we need to protect to get to court," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.

The bond would also be used to build a larger prison that would help alleviate overcrowding and eventually save the parish money.

Since 2008, East Baton Rouge Parish has spent $63.8 million dollars to house inmates outside of the parish because of lack of space in the prison.

Portions of the money would also be used to fund a mental health facility, that could keep some would-be criminals out of prison, getting them the help they need.

The proposal will take the first step of to be introduced to the council during their meeting this week.

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