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Prison News | Louisiana

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Louisiana. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

  • State opens probe of work release program
    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The state inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Northshore Workforce LLC, a privately run work-release program that was shut down by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain in March....[more]

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

No recent news for Louisiana in this category.

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment


  • Orleans sheriff plan OKd for mentally ill inmates
    U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's order calls for the city to spend more than $400,000 on the plan initially for renovations and supplies at the state's Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, where the inmates will be housed. The city also will be required to supply more than $200,000 monthly for security and mental health staff at Hunt, and food for inmates.

    Africk's ruling is the latest in the court-ordered jail reform effort. The city, which funds the jail, and the sheriff, who manages it, have been at odds over how to fund the changes....[more]


  • Vision-impaired inmate sues for large-print docs
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 42-year-old vision-impaired inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to force the Louisiana Department of Corrections to accommodate his requests for large-print documents....[more]

  • Sick inmates at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center putting squeeze on budget
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Sick inmates who need HIV treatment, lab tests, dental care, obstetrics services and other medical care are putting a squeeze on the budget for the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center....[more]

  • Corrections department keeps LSU for prisoner telemedicine care across south Louisiana
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's corrections department has tweaked its plan to hire a Texas company to provide medical care for inmates in state prisoners, limiting the firm's work to north Louisiana......[more]

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Early voting begins Saturday for jail tax
    THIBODEAUX, La. (AP) - Early voting will begin Saturday on a proposal that would add a sales tax for the construction of a $30 million jail in Lafourche Parish....[more]

  • New deal on Orleans Parish Prison consent decree costs in the offing
    The standoff between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Sheriff Marlin Gusman over how to pay to recondition the notorious Orleans Parish Prison may reach a temporary détente this week as both sides prepare to appear in federal court on Thursday....[more]

  • Battle continues over Orleans jail funding
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu heavily criticized Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman in federal court, saying the sheriff does not appear to be "genuinely interested" in fulfilling a court-mandated overhaul of Orleans Parish Prison....[more]

  • At Louisiana's Most Notorious Prison, a Clash of Testament
    By any reasonable measure it has been a difficult period for those in charge of the notorious state prison in Angola, Louisiana--for the state lawmakers who oversee and authorize the funding of the endeavor, for the governor who proudly presides over the Department of Corrections, and for all of those in that state who care about how the rest of the world perceives their criminal justice system....[more]

  • Holder's drug sentencing policies could mean changes for N.O. area; More defendants might get rehab
    A major shift in criminal justice policy announced Monday by Attorney General Eric Holder could mean major changes in the prosecution of drug cases in metro New Orleans....[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

Prison Life & Culture

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • Suit alleges man beaten to death in parish jail
    FRANKLIN, La. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in St. Mary Parish district court alleges that a 41-year-old Baldwin man was beaten to death in the parish jail in April 2013....[more]

Suicides in Prison

  • Orleans Parish Prison inmate's suicide was preventable, civil rights lawsuit claims
    The wrongful death lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday, claims Gusman's office was on notice about inadequate handling of mentally ill inmates by the time Clifton Morgan killed himself in the troubled lockup. A consent decree mandating widespread changes was in place three months before Morgan's Sept. 28, 2013 death....[more]

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