prisons

Republicans block 'Jim Crow jury' reform

Republicans block ‘Jim Crow jury’ reform in Louisiana House committee

BY: - May 30, 2021

Lawmakers on the Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Thursday voted against a so-called “Jim Crow jury” reform bill that would give a shot at freedom to about 1,500 people who remain in Louisiana prisons despite jurors disagreeing on their guilt. In 2018, Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment that put an end to […]

Feds investigating Louisiana’s practice of keeping people in prison after their sentences are up

BY: - December 5, 2020

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 of time past their release date.   William Most, a New Orleans attorney representing clients who say they were locked up longer than the law allows, claimed in a lawsuit filed in […]

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Louisiana Lawmakers may undo law that helps ‘juvenile lifers’

BY: - October 1, 2020

Louisiana legislators said they made a mistake earlier this year when they passed a new law making it easier for some people given lifetime prison sentences for crimes they committed as minors to be released. They are looking to undo the part of the new statute that just took effect in August and helps so-called […]

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Louisiana says it’s getting ‘mass testing’ of prisoners underway

BY: - July 30, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Louisiana has started a “mass testing” program for COVID-19 in prisons weeks after experts said the state should be doing more to monitor for coronavirus in correctional facilities. The state intends to test inmates and staff at the Allen, Raymond LaBorde, and Rayburn correctional centers. The testing at Allen — […]

Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, parents and advocates push for a release of juvenile inmates

BY: - July 22, 2020

Like so many other Louisiana mothers with a child in juvenile detention, Latoyia Porter wants her 19-year-old son home with her during the pandemic. He’s already been jailed for five years for stealing a car, she said, and with the pandemic, she worries about his health. “Treyjon’s had symptoms of COVID, has asked to be […]