LAFAYETTE, La. -- In a statement, district attorney Don Landry revealed that federal investigators had questions Monday about his office's pretrial intervention program which helps nonviolent offenders avoid trial and get their lives back on track through programs, counseling and classes.
Agents spent hours at the DA's office before leaving with boxes of documents. News reports also reveal city prosecutor, Gary Haynes, has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately.
Landry says his office will continue to be transparent with federal investigators and the public throughout this process.
The FBI still hasn't responded to calls about the probe.
District Attorney Don Landry released the following statement:
Since taking office in January of 2021, we have put significant effort into improving our Pretrial Intervention Program, and the numbers of enrollees in that program has increased. That has allowed our Pretrial Intervention Program to help more people than in prior years. This program is for non-violent offenders who typically have not committed a prior crime, and is designed to be an opportunity to pay restitution, undergo counseling to change behaviors, and to become contributing members of our community. That is a good thing. All the questions I was asked by federal investigators yesterday surrounded the Pretrial Intervention Program. I told investigators we will share with them any information they need and my office will cooperate with whatever is asked of us. My office will continue to be transparent with federal investigators and the public through this process. ln addition, I intend to retain auditors to ensure that all of our procedures and safeguards were complied with. We take these steps to ensure the public trust is maintained and that our office conducts itself with the highest integrity.We are continuing to operate our Pretrial Intervention Program under the duties imposed by Louisiana law. Please understand that I have many hardworking, talented people working in our District Attorney's Office, and we will continue to do everything in our power to continue to keep our community safe and free from crime.