corrections http://wwno.org en Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate http://wwno.org/post/business-and-community-leaders-working-reduce-louisianas-record-incarceration-rate <p>On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.</p><p>In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:19:28 +0000 Marcia Kavanaugh 65350 at http://wwno.org States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back http://wwno.org/post/states-push-prison-sentence-overhaul-prosecutors-push-back Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.<p>By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 64108 at http://wwno.org WYES: ReShaping A Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice — Change By Decree http://wwno.org/post/wyes-reshaping-greater-new-orleans-criminal-justice-change-decree <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WYES</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> continues its ongoing initiative exploring progress rebuilding a safer, stronger, smarter city post-Katrina.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The WWNO/ WYES series on Orleans Criminal Justice System reform takes an in-depth look into the NOPD and Orleans Parish Jail federal consent decrees in this report by WYES Community Projects Producer, Marcia Kavanaugh.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:00:46 +0000 Marcia Kavanaugh 63992 at http://wwno.org Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances http://wwno.org/post/death-penalty-drugs-bill-advances <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/lethal_injection.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_050514.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>If you can’t get lethal injection drugs, how do you impose the death penalty?<p>"We have the death sentence. Whether some of you agree with that or disagree with it, that's what we have,” said House Criminal Justice committee chairman Joe Lopinto. “If we're going to have that we need to be able, as a state, to follow through with that order."<p> Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60034 at http://wwno.org Temporary Agreement Reached For Orleans Parish Prison http://wwno.org/post/temporary-agreement-reached-orleans-parish-prison <p>Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman have reached an agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city’s violent jail.<br /><br />The sheriff’s office is under federal court order to improve conditions at the jail.<br /><br />Today’s agreement covers about one-quarter of nearly $1.9 million provided last year for extra security, medical workers and pay raises for staff at the current jail.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:01:28 +0000 Associated Press 58789 at http://wwno.org An Unusual Coalition Opposes Sky-High Incarceration Rates http://wwno.org/post/unusual-coalition-opposes-sky-high-incarceration-rates <p>Many lawmakers around the nation have adopted the “get tough on crime” slogan in the last 25 years. But Louisiana took it to heart, perhaps more so than anywhere else.</p><p>Without question, <a href="http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/05/louisiana_is_the_worlds_prison.html" target="_blank">Louisiana leads the country in the percentage of its residents imprisoned</a>. The rate is twice as high as the national average. In fact, the state’s figures are close to the worst in the world, inviting comparisons to countries like North Korea.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:27:07 +0000 Jack Hopke & Tyler Bridges 56185 at http://wwno.org Death Row Inmate Released From Angola http://wwno.org/post/death-row-inmate-released-angola <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Louisiana man has been released from death row after serving almost 30 years behind bars. New information shows he was not involved in the murder of a Shreveport jeweler in 1983.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 55641 at http://wwno.org 19 Violations Found At St. Tammany Work-Release Facility http://wwno.org/post/19-violations-found-st-tammany-work-release-facility <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Louisiana Department of Corrections officials have conducted a shakedown raid at a Covington work-release facility that houses state inmates.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The facility's director said 19 inmates were sent back to St. Tammany Parish Jail for violating state regulations.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:05:43 +0000 The Associated Press 54699 at http://wwno.org Cooling Plan In Store For Louisiana Death Row http://wwno.org/post/cooling-plan-store-louisiana-death-row <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:08:24 +0000 The Associated Press 54249 at http://wwno.org Audit Says Office Of Juvenile Justice Not Properly Monitoring Contracts http://wwno.org/post/audit-says-office-juvenile-justice-not-properly-monitoring-contracts <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is doing a poor job making sure the prevention and diversion programs it uses are helping to keep children out of youth prisons.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">That's the finding of an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office that looked at the state's Office of Juvenile Justice.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:57:25 +0000 The Associated Press 53907 at http://wwno.org