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Joseph E. Blackwell
Westminster/Pine Park Crime Prevention District Board president and former federal prosecutor

Mr. Blackwell is the president of the recently established Westminster/Pine Park Crime Prevention District located in Baton Rouge. Mr. Blackwell is an attorney with Hymel, Davis, and Petersen. Mr. Blackwell is a former federal prosecutor who is experienced in all facets of criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Blackwell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Blackwell prosecuted a variety of crimes to include high level narcotics offenses, mail and wire fraud, arson, firearms offenses, public corruption, social security fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and other violent and white collar crimes. Despite carrying one of the highest case loads within the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Blackwell never lost a jury trial as a federal prosecutor. In August of 2010 Mr. Blackwell joined the law firm of Hymel, Davis, and Petersen. Mr. Blackwell is licensed in both Louisiana and Texas.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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