Criminal Justice

Louisiana looks to cover tattoo removal for human trafficking survivors

BY: - November 15, 2022

Louisiana may soon cover the cost for people to remove tattoos forced upon them by sex traffickers. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board is considering a regulation that would make it easier to provide public money for human trafficking survivors. Bob Wertz, the board’s chief staff member, said the state can only award a victim […]

a fence topped with barbed wire

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at ICE facility run by Louisiana company, report finds

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were […]

The entrance gate at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to dozens of HBCUs

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is […]

Ronald Greene's mother testifying at desk in committee room

Schedule conflict keeps Gov. John Bel Edwards from Ronald Greene hearing

BY: - November 14, 2022

The mother of Ronald Greene, the Black motorist who died at the hands of white state troopers in 2019, testified Monday in a meeting of a state legislative panel investigating the case. Gov. John Bel Edwards was also asked to appear but had a scheduling conflict. As she has done repeatedly, Mona Hardin traveled to […]

Paintings of Leonard Brown and Denver Smith hang in the Smith-Brown Memorial Union at Southern University with the words “Lest We Forget.”

Pain, lessons remain decades after Southern shooting

BY: - November 14, 2022

By Claire Sullivan, Brittany Dunn, Shelly Kleinpeter and Allison Allsop Last of a four-part series (Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) Shunda Wallace was 3 months old when her father, Leonard Brown, and another student, Denver Smith, were shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy on Southern University’s campus in November 1972. Fifty years later, […]

Courtroom gavel

More than 1/4 of Louisiana’s public defenders can’t cover their costs

BY: - November 11, 2022

Eleven of Louisiana’s 41 public defender offices did not bring in enough money to cover their costs during the 2020-2021 state budget cycle, providing more evidence the state’s public defender system is in a financial crisis.  The 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish had the largest cost overruns, spending $243,000 more than […]

As tear gas filled the area in front of the Southern administration building, many sheriff's deputies fell back while others held positions roughly in front of a palm tree.

After 1972 Southern shootings, deputies deny knowing who fired fatal shots

BY: - November 6, 2022

Third story in a four-part series By Drew Hawkins, Adrian Dubose, Allison Allsop and Alex Tirado At 12:35 p.m. on Nov. 17, 1972, the phone rang in the office of acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray in Washington. It was Deputy Attorney General Ralph Erickson, calling to order an investigation into the shooting of the […]

a fence topped with barbed wire

John Bel Edwards launches second investigation into Ware Youth Center

BY: - November 4, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced he will  launch a second state investigation – one that includes the Department of Children and Family Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice – into Ware Youth Center, a large juvenile detention facility in Coushatta.  Ware’s staff allegedly engaged in sexual abuse, choking and other physical violence against […]

What led to the 1972 shooting death of two Southern University students during a protest

BY: - November 2, 2022

Second in a four-part series By Drew Hawkins, Adrian Dubose, Maria Pham and Annalise Vidrine The knock on the door came at 4 a.m. Rickey Hill and Herget Harris, two protest leaders at Southern University, peeked out and saw sheriff’s deputies outside their apartment. Hill had been arrested the week before for disrupting the campus. […]

U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus.  At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard […]

50 years later, justice still absent for two deaths during Southern campus protest

BY: - October 30, 2022

By Claire Sullivan, Brittany Dunn, Shelly Kleinpeter and Annalise Vidrine Josephine and Denver Smith took different approaches to protests at Southern University in the fall of 1972. Josephine skipped class for meetings, while her older brother stayed away and warned her to be careful. The pair had grown up with 10 other siblings in a […]

Governor: Some lawmakers focused on ‘non-issues’

Two applicants for Capitol police chief have made headlines

BY: - October 27, 2022

State lawmakers will choose the first ever Capitol police chief in the coming weeks, and the law enforcement professionals who have put their names up for consideration include two who were involved in notable incidents related to their jobs. T.J. Gaughf, director of training for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Rodney Hyatt, a state […]