Jails + Prisons

Louisiana’s prison system allowing in-person visits with attorneys again

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has started to allow attorneys back into state prisons for in-person visits with incarcerated clients. “Our...

Louisiana prison system’s COVID-19 reimbursements are questionable, audit says

Auto repairs. Horse feed. Chair reupholstery.  Those are some of the services the Department of Public Safety and Corrections had reimbursed through the Coronavirus Relief...

How Louisiana prisons have handled COVID-19: 9 Things to Know

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has no information on whether nearly half the state’s prison population was screened for COVID-19 or...

Louisiana lawmakers rejected proposal to deter euthanasia of dogs from dog...

Louisiana lawmakers killed a bill during the legislative session that was intended to deter the euthanization of dogs seized at dog fights. Supporters of...

Louisiana Governor signs bill to eliminate jail, prison time for modest...

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a new law that eliminates jail and prison time for the possession of modest amounts of marijuana -- something...

Louisiana State Police tanked automated expungement meant to help thousands, lawmaker...

Louisiana lawmakers scuttled a bill last week that would have helped thousands of Louisiana residents wipe out criminal records that can prevent them from...

Louisiana Legislature votes to decriminalize possession of modest amounts of marijuana

The Louisiana Legislature voted to decriminalize the possession of modest amounts of marijuana across the state, removing the possibility of facing jail or prison...

Dying in jail is bad; dying without being found guilty is...

More than 14% of the 786 people who are known to have died behind bars in Louisiana between 2015 and 2019 hadn’t even gone...

In five years, 786 people died in Louisiana’s jails and prisons,...

As a law professor in Louisiana, the state that leads the country and world in the percentage of residents it incarcerates, Andrea Armstrong of...

Louisiana won’t legalize recreational marijuana this year

The push to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Louisiana died Tuesday, when the Louisiana House rejected legislation to tax recreational marijuana. The proposed...

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