Jails + Prisons

COVID-19 vaccination rate in Louisiana prisons lags that of the general...

Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccination rate of state prisoners is trailing that of the state's general population, even though state officials have said most people who...

Louisiana prison system may seek federal COVID-19 funding for air conditioning

The officials who run Louisiana’s Department of Corrections are looking at whether any federal funding included in a recent COVID-19 relief package passed by...

A return to normalcy may also mean a return to jury...

The Louisiana Supreme Court has lifted a COVID-19-related moratorium on jury trials and is granting judges across the state permission to hold in-person trials...

Families encouraged as some visitation resumes at Louisiana prisons, but hope...

When Elayn Hunt Correctional Center opens to visitors for the first time in a year Monday, Wendy Matherne plans to be among the first...

Louisiana prisons will allow family visits for the first time in...

Louisiana will start to allow visits from inmates’ families and loved ones at state prisons again Saturday, though attorneys and volunteers will still be...

Feds investigating Louisiana’s practice of keeping people in prison after their...

The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into the Louisiana prison system’s longstanding practice of keeping prisoners confined to jail for varying lengths...

Louisiana prisons hastily pull plug on resuming family visits during COVID-19

Louisiana prisons have been preparing for about a month to resume family visits during the week of Thanksgiving after suspending them over eight months...

Louisiana rewards prisoners with $5 for getting flu shot

The Louisiana Department of Corrections is giving a $5 prison-canteen credit to inmates who get the flu shot in its state facilities this year...

Senate committee waters down bill to preempt ‘Defund the Police’ Efforts

A Senate committee significantly watered down legislation that would make it harder for municipalities to “defund the police” in their communities.  The bill allows...

Cameroonian asylum seekers said to be one day away from deportation...

There is a peaceful room in a safe, joyful home in the Washington metro area waiting for Micah, an English-speaking Cameroonian refugee who spent...

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