prisons http://wwno.org en DeQuincy state prison closing stuns workers http://wwno.org/post/dequincy-state-prison-closing-stuns-workers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">When the warden at the 942-bed state prison in DeQuincy called a late-afternoon meeting of top staff, workers thought it was a send-off for an assistant warden who was retiring that day.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:41:03 +0000 The Associated Press 20186 at http://wwno.org Jailhouse confession approved for Angola 5 trial http://wwno.org/post/jailhouse-confession-approved-angola-5-trial <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Attorneys for Angola 5 defendant David Mathis have persuaded a judge to allow them to use a jailhouse confession they say would show jurors their client had no intent to kill a prison security officer in 1999.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Mathis faces a first-degree murder trial in the stabbing and beating death of Capt. David C. Knapps.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:45:33 +0000 The Associated Press 16855 at http://wwno.org La. moves ahead with plan to close prisons http://wwno.org/post/la-moves-ahead-plan-close-prisons <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Facing budget constraints and a growing inmate population, state officials are moving ahead with a plan to shut down two prisons, including one with a well-established addictive treatment program.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:20:13 +0000 SHEILA V KUMAR | The Associated Press 15128 at http://wwno.org Loyola panel to examine Louisiana's exploding prison population http://wwno.org/post/loyola-panel-examine-louisianas-exploding-prison-population <p><a href="http://www.loyno.edu/iqee/" style="font-family: inherit; text-align: left; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Loyola University&#39;s Institute for Quality and Equity in Education</a><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Verdana; text-align: left; ">, in conjunction with the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.foundationforlouisiana.org/" style="font-family: inherit; text-align: left; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:07:46 +0000 WWNO Staff 13401 at http://wwno.org How Louisiana Became The World's 'Prison Capital' http://wwno.org/post/how-louisiana-became-worlds-prison-capital A <a href="http://www.nola.com/prisons/" target="_blank">new expose</a> by <em>The Times-Picayune </em>of New Orleans calls Louisiana the "world's prison capital."<p>The state imprisons more people per capita than any other state or country in the world, with one out of every 86 adults behind bars. Its rate of incarceration is three times higher than Iran's and 10 times higher than Germany's.<p>How did Louisiana double its prison population in the past 20 years? Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:37:00 +0000 editor 12893 at http://wwno.org Central La. Prison Sale Scrapped Amid Opposition http://wwno.org/post/central-la-prison-sale-scrapped-amid-opposition <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; The Jindal administration, facing strong opposition to the sale of a central Louisiana state prison, is giving up the idea but still pushing to hire a private company to run the facility. The state would lay off employees and pay a flat fee to the company for operating the prison.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:01:11 +0000 The Associated Press 9031 at http://wwno.org