Criminal Justice

Louisiana to ensure sexual assault survivors get access to medical records

BY: - June 6, 2022

Louisiana will guarantee sexual assault victims access to written medical records following years of law enforcement and medical providers refusing to release such documents.  The Louisiana Legislature overwhelmingly approved two bills, Senate Bill 147 and House Bill 313, that work together to create this entitlement. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed one piece of legislation […]

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Louisiana Legislature signs off on tiered system for convicted juveniles

BY: - June 4, 2022

The Legislature passed a bill that would sort juveniles convicted of crimes into risk categories that could be used to segregate high-risk youth in secure facilities.  Senate Bill 323, sponsored by state Sen. Heather Cloud, R-Turkey Creek, would require the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections to adopt rules that would sort juveniles into […]

Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops

Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops

BY: - June 2, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature approved bills Wednesday to prevent rogue officers from escaping accountability and protect police whistleblowers from retaliation. Law enforcement reform has been a priority for the Legislative Black Caucus since the deadly beating of Black motorist Ronald Greene came to light two years ago, preceded by the 2018 shooting death of Alton Sterling […]

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COVID lawsuits push doctors to provide substandard care

BY: - June 2, 2022

An appeals court ruling last week blocked a court order that could have required a hospital to go against its own protocols and provide a COVID-19 patient with a widely discredited and ineffective treatment. But the fact that the original order was ever issued points to a remarkable development at the crossroads of law, medicine […]

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Louisiana Legislature passes ‘fix’ to make it easier for sex abuse victims to sue

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature approved Tuesday an update to a law it passed just last year that was supposed to make it easier for adult victims of childhood sex abuse to sue institutions such as the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America.  The Louisiana House and Senate voted without objection to pass House Bill 402, […]

Debbie Villio

Louisiana lawmakers consider gun ban for convicted juveniles until age 24

BY: - June 1, 2022

The House voted 59-39 Tuesday to pass a bill that would prohibit young people convicted of crimes from possessing firearms until they are 24 years old. Senate Bill 379, sponsored by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, would prohibit juveniles with violent criminal convictions from possessing firearms until then. The House amended the bill, which was […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting malfeasance

BY: - May 31, 2022

A state Senate committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would provide whistleblower protections for police officers in Louisiana who report the malfeasance of other officers.  House Bill 745, sponsored by Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero, cleared the Senate Judiciary B Committee without opposition and next heads to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill has so far […]

Royce Duplessis

Automatic expungement bill advances, but fiscal hurdles loom ahead

BY: - May 31, 2022

A Louisiana Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would provide for the automatic expungement of qualifying criminal records, but lawmakers raised concerns about the long-term expense to taxpayers if applicants no longer have to pay to clear their names. The Senate Judiciary C Committee advanced House Bill 707, authored by Rep. Royce Duplessis, D-New […]

A man waiting on a housing list is seen at an encampment on the Boulder Creek path on April 28, 2021.

Residents without housing sue city over its camping and tent bans

BY: - May 29, 2022

BOULDER, Colo. — Three unhoused Boulder residents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado are suing the city of Boulder over its camping and tent bans. Multiple letters sent from the ACLU requesting the city stop enforcing the laws were met with no changes, which prompted the organization to sue the city Thursday.  […]

Col. Kevin Reeves and Gov. John Bel Edwards

Former State Police leader turns over journals to committee probing Ronald Greene’s death

BY: - May 29, 2022

The former superintendent of Louisiana State Police has turned over his hand-written work journals to a legislative committee investigating allegations that troopers purposely concealed the in-custody death of Ronald Greene in May 2019. House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee, who leads the committee, confirmed receipt of the journals with the Illuminator Friday afternoon. The path […]

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Bill to improve housing access for Louisiana’s formerly incarcerated fails in committee

BY: - May 26, 2022

A Louisiana Senate committee shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made it easier for formerly incarcerated people to access housing. House Bill 1063, sponsored by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans, would have amended the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act to require housing providers to disclose whether criminal history is considered as a basis […]

Police block off the road leading to the scene of a school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas

Top Texas Republicans push for more armed teachers, police after Uvalde shooting

BY: - May 25, 2022

In the hours after a gunman killed more than 20 people at a South Texas elementary school Tuesday, the state’s top Republicans sought to immediately squelch the possibility of gun control measures in the wake of yet another mass shooting. As the death toll mounted from the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde and President […]