Criminal Justice

New Orleans planned for years to send juvenile detainees to an adult prison during hurricanes

BY: - September 24, 2021

New Orleans has planned for three years to evacuate underage detainees to an adult prison during hurricanes and other disasters, government evacuation documents show, though children advocates say it’s illegal to house juvenile detainees at facilities for incarcerated adults.   In 2018,  the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center evacuation plan called for teens to be housed at […]

Jamies Winston

Advocate for sexual assault survivors: Why is Louisiana cheering on Jameis Winston?

BY: - September 22, 2021

The woman who runs Louisiana’s largest service organization for sexual misconduct survivors is questioning why Louisiana residents feel comfortable cheering on New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been publicly accused of sexual assault by two women.  “We need to examine the cultural norms which allow someone like Jameis Winston to work for an […]

New Orleans says it ‘exhausted all efforts’ before evacuating teens to adult prison

BY: - September 20, 2021

The evacuation of teenagers from a New Orleans juvenile detention center to an adult prison was done after efforts to find a juvenile evacuation site were “exhausted,” city officials said in a joint statement with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Monday evening.  The Juvenile Justice Intervention Center, which sent 36 teenagers to […]

New Orleans lawmakers disapprove of detention center evacuation to adult prison

BY: - September 17, 2021

Two New Orleans state lawmakers called for changes Thursday to the city’s juvenile detention center evacuation policy after 36 teenagers were sent to an adult prison for five days around Hurricane Ida.    Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, said she thought the public needs an explanation about why the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center went to Elayn […]

Louisiana governor downplays State Police cover-up allegations in Ronald Greene case

BY: - September 16, 2021

In a radio interview Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards downplayed reports that Louisiana State Police troopers engaged in an attempted cover-up of the 2019 death of Ronald Greene, saying many of the cover-up allegations are “overblown or just false.” “Sometimes the media is incomplete in the way it portrays things, and tends toward the sensational,” […]

Elayn Hunt

New Orleans teens in detention center were evacuated to adult prison for Hurricane Ida

BY: and - September 15, 2021

Thirty-six teenagers housed in the New Orleans juvenile detention center were evacuated to a state adult prison in Iberville Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida, a move that children advocates described as inappropriate and possibly illegal. The New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center’s director, Kyshun Webster, said Monday that his facility has a longstanding agreement with […]

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In Louisiana, FBI examination of Civil Rights-era killings doesn’t bring new charges

BY: - September 15, 2021

This story was written by Liz Ryan and Laura Nicholson.  It was produced by Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the fourth story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. You can read the previous installments here. A retired FBI agent was at a Christian […]

Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

BY: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

President Biden tours Hurricane Ida aftermath

Louisiana public defenders don’t know where youths evacuated from detention centers were taken

BY: - September 9, 2021

Public defenders are still scrambling to locate children who were being held at Louisiana detention centers when Hurricane Ida hit last month. Many of these youths were evacuated with no information given to their local defenders, who are now uncertain as to where they are being held.   Unlike juvenile incarceration facilities, which are run by […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities to earn […]

Sam Brooks

Louisiana was home to one of the most horrific killings of the civil rights era in 1960

BY: - August 25, 2021

This story was produced by the Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the second story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. To read the first installment in this series, please go here.  MONROE, La.–In the rural neighborhood around Ticheli Road, the sound of multiple […]

Louisiana lawmakers are unhappy with the way some criminal justice savings were used

BY: - August 16, 2021

A few high-ranking lawmakers are unhappy about the way Louisiana’s prison system spent the money it saved by shrinking its incarcerated population over the past few years. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections used savings from its prison population reduction to construct a new building at Raymond LaBorde Correctional Center in Cottonport. Lawmakers […]