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Latest News
7:27 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Deputy Indicted For Allegedly Failing To Stop Jail Fight

A grand jury has indicted an Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy in connection with a stabbing inside Orleans Parish Prison.

The Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old John Dupart was charged with counts of malfeasance in office and principal to aggravated battery. The Sheriff's Office says Dupart did not follow procedures, which resulted in an altercation at the jail.

Dupart is not accused of taking part in any violent act himself. His attorney says the allegation is that Dupart didn't stop a fight.

Latest News
7:46 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Inspector General Says Electronic Monitoring Program A Waste Of Money

The New Orleans Inspector General says the electronic monitoring program is a waste of money.

A report released this morning finds the ankle monitors are not properly supervised.

The inspector general’s office reviewed all 281 active program participants from April 1st, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

It found 79 percent of the records contained mistakes. The ankle monitors blocked only 2 of 37 defendants with “stay away” orders from actually staying away from their victims.

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Latest News
7:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NOPD To Investigate Inmate Death

New Orleans police will lead the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Orleans Parish jail.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble says state police could play a supporting role in the investigation.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Sheriff Marlin Gusman spoke with police Superintendent Michael Harrison yesterday, and agreed the NOPD will take the lead.

The case centers on the death of inmate Willie Lee.

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse determined Lee died in March of a heart attack after a fight. He classified the death as a homicide.

Latest News
7:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sheriff Asking State Police To Investigate Inmate Death

The Orleans Parish sheriff has asked state police to investigate a jail death that the coroner says was homicide.

State Police chief Colonel Mike Edmonson says he will meet with Sheriff Marlin Gusman today to decide what to do.

Authorities have said 40-year-old Willie Lee collapsed and died within 90 minutes of a fight with another inmate March 23.

Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said in a statement last week that Lee had a heart attack, but his death was homicide caused by a fight between inmates.

Latest News
5:50 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Louisiana Hasn't Cut Incarceration Rates In The Last Five Years

Louisiana is one of the only states that has not cut down on incarceration rates over the last five years, a new Pew report shows.
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Louisiana is one of the only states that has not cut down on incarceration rates over the last five years, the Times-Picayune reports.

A new Pew report says that most states have managed to cut their imprisonment and crime rates in that time, but that's not true of Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate of any state.

Overall, the U.S. imprisonment rate has gone down 6 percent since 2008, but Louisiana's has stayed flat during that time period.

Latest News
7:33 am
Mon September 22, 2014

City Wants State To Take Its Inmates From Orleans Parish Prison

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking the governor to pull state inmates from Orleans Parish Prison. He says it could save tens of millions of dollars on a new jail.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office tells The New Orleans Advocate that the jail holds 380 state inmates.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the sheriff's office was paid almost $7 million last year to house state inmates.

A state corrections official tells The Advocate that the mayor "should work with the sheriff on this local issue."

Officials will review Landrieu's request.

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Latest News
7:59 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin To Report To Prison Today

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is starting to serve his 10-year sentence for corruption. Two major players in the scheme that landed him behind bars are now through the court process.

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Latest News
7:43 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Drive-by Shooting Suspect Involved In Jail Fight

A suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward got into a fight with another inmate on his first day inside Orleans Parish Prison.

Court records show Blair Taylor, one of two men police say opened fire Aug. 10 on a crowd of mostly women and children, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday — hours after being booked on murder charges.

Criminal Justice
8:19 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate

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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.

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.

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Law
2:58 am
Wed July 9, 2014

States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

The Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in downtown Lafayette, La. By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country, but sentencing reformers have loosened some of the state's mandatory minimum sentences and made parole slightly easier to get.
Denny Culbert for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:01 am

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.

By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. In recent years, sentencing reformers in the capital, Baton Rouge, have loosened some mandatory minimum sentences and have made parole slightly easier for offenders to get.

But as reformers in Louisiana push for change, they're also running into stiffening resistance — especially from local prosecutors.

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