corrections http://wwno.org en 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 Convicted Killer At Center Of Lethal Injection Controversy Granted Stay Of Execution http://wwno.org/post/convicted-killer-center-lethal-injection-controversy-granted-stay-execution <p class="p1">A convicted killer who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday has been granted a stay of execution.</p><p class="p1">Attorneys for the man and the state Department of Corrections met with a federal judge Monday in Baton Rouge and agreed to a 90 day delay, in order to review the controversial method of execution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Christopher </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sepulvado</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was scheduled to be executed Wednesday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the state of Louisiana.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:18:55 +0000 Della Hasselle 53476 at http://wwno.org Live Chat: The Lens And St. Louis Public Radio Discuss Lethal Injection Drug Controversy http://wwno.org/post/live-chat-lens-and-st-louis-public-radio-discuss-lethal-injection-drug-controversy <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 19.56px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(34, 31, 31); font-family: minion-pro, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">Next week, the state of Louisiana plans to execute convicted child killer Christopher Sepulvado — unless his lawyers convince a judge or the U.S. Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="http://thelensnola.org/2014/01/28/lawyers-argue-that-next-weeks-execution-could-amount-to-human-experimentation/" style="color: rgb(180, 48, 24);">that it should be delayed due to questions about the state’s lethal injection method</a>.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:26:34 +0000 Steve Myers 53027 at http://wwno.org City Changing Hiring Process To Help Applicants With Criminal Records Re-Enter Workforce http://wwno.org/post/city-changing-hiring-process-help-applicants-criminal-records-re-enter-workforce <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City of New Orleans is eliminating an initial obstacle from its employment process. Job applicants won’t have to immediately disclose a criminal conviction.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 50234 at http://wwno.org The Legacy Of Herman Wallace, And The Movement To End Long-Term Solitary Confinement http://wwno.org/post/legacy-herman-wallace-and-movement-end-long-term-solitary-confinement <p><a href="http://www.angola3.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The Angola 3 </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">refers to three men convicted of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary more than 40 years ago, in 1972. Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert </span>Woodfox<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were accused of the crime, and then held mostly in solitary confinement for decades.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:17:39 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 46748 at http://wwno.org