6:09 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Micah Project Organizes Communities Around Issues Of Mass Incarceration

Minister Rosie Washington is the Executive Director of the Micah Project.
Micah Project

The Micah Project develops a base of youth leaders to mitigate gun violence and eliminate the school to prison pipeline.

Meet Dolfinette Martin.

“I did 7 years, 4 months, 26 days in LA Correction Institute for Women. That was my 4th prison stay, but by God’s grace, my last.”

Dolfinette Martin had five children when she went to prison – for shoplifting – what she saw at the time as her only way of providing for her kids.

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3:03 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Public Budget Testimony Surprises With Savings Suggestions

Artist's rendering of Acadiana Center for Youth being built in Bunkie

While the Senate Finance Committee began working through the budget Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee was taking public testimony on it.

“Thank you for coming today for this testimony,” Appropriations chair Jim Fannin said in welcome, noting the weather made it more difficult than usual for many who turned up to add their input to the process. “We are appreciative for that,” he said.

Much of the public testimony went as expected: requests for higher allocations to cover jobs and services.

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1:46 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Out of Prison, Counseling Keeps Mental Health in Check

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 7:51 am

While Chiffonda Hampton was serving three years in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, she met Tonja Myles, a Peer Support Specialist with Capital Area Human Services. Myles was offering wellness classes to inmates with mental illness. Those classes taught Hampton how to cope with the anger of being abused as a child and basic life skills she had never learned before. Now that Hampton is out of prison, she continues to check in with Myles at CAHS.

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3:01 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Playing Hard Ball Over Hard Time

Prisoners from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:31 am

The House Appropriations committee combed through the Department of Corrections budget Tuesday, and testimony confirmed what many criminal justice reform advocates have long said: this state has the nation’s highest per capita incarceration rate.

Marrero Rep. Patrick Connick pitched the big question.

“The inmates, in 27 years, have increased 110 percent. And the population of Louisiana has increased 9 percent over the same period. How do you explain that?” Connick asked Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc.

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3:13 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Mental Illness Lands Many in Parish Prison

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:10 am

When someone having a mental health crisis is picked up by Baton Rouge Police, they often end up inside parish prison. Sources at Capitol Area Human Services estimate between 30 and 50 percent of inmates there are suffering with a mental illness.

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2:18 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Study Shows Increasing Incarceration Has Diminishing Returns

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:37 pm

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

The Brennan Center for Justice recently put out a report on the effect of imprisonment on crime. Lauren-Brooke Eisen, one of the authors of the report, walks through some of the findings.

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8:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Study Finds Crowding Jails Fails To Substantially Reduce Crime

A new study shows Louisiana remains number one in the world for the amount of people per capita it sends to prison. Experts find it’s an expensive and relatively ineffective way to reduce crime.

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3:01 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Inmate Care More Complicated Since Privatization

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 9:04 am

When Earl K. Long Hospital closed nearly two years ago, LSU’s private partner in Baton Rouge — Our Lady of the Lake — took over patient care, but refused to take care of inmates. That meant a whole lot of scrambling for Angola Warden Burl Cain.

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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.

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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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