corrections

The Lens
5:18 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Convicted Killer At Center Of Lethal Injection Controversy Granted Stay Of Execution

A convicted killer who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday has been granted a stay of execution.

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.

Christopher Sepulvado was scheduled to be executed Wednesday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the state of Louisiana.

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Executions
9:26 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Live Chat: The Lens And St. Louis Public Radio Discuss Lethal Injection Drug Controversy

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 that it should be delayed due to questions about the state’s lethal injection method.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

City Changing Hiring Process To Help Applicants With Criminal Records Re-Enter Workforce

Civil Service Commission approves mayor's proposal.

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.

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NolaVie
10:17 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Legacy Of Herman Wallace, And The Movement To End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Herman Wallace's funeral.
Ann Harkness

The Angola 3 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 Woodfox were accused of the crime, and then held mostly in solitary confinement for decades.

King’s conviction was overturned in 2001, and this month a federal judge released Herman Wallace, saying he did not receive a fair trial. Wallace died three days later in New Orleans from liver cancer.

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Cornerstone Bus Project
10:26 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cornerstone Bus Project Keeps Families Connected To Angola Inmates

Cornerstone Bus Project director Leo Jackson.
Nina Feldman WWNO

This weekend, over 30 cyclists from the New Orleans area will embark on a three-day bike ride to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The third annual “NOLA to Angola” ride raises money for the Cornerstone Bus Project, a faith-based initiative that offers free transportation for families visiting their loved ones in prison.

To find out more about the cause that this bike trip supports, WWNO’s Nina Feldman rode along on the most recent bus trip to Angola.

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Latest News
1:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

'Angola 3' Member Dies After Release From Prison

A 71-year-old man who was convicted in the slaying of a prison guard has died less than a week after a judge freed him from a Louisiana prison after he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement.

Herman Wallace's attorneys said he died Friday at a supporter's home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment.

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Latest News
9:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Grand Jury Re-Indicts Released 'Angola 3' Inmate

A West Feliciana Parish grand jury has re-indicted New Orleans resident Herman Wallace for the 1972 murder of a prison guard just two days after a federal judge overturned the terminally ill man's conviction and ordered him released from prison after serving more than 46 years for armed robbery and murder.

U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson ordered Wallace released Tuesday and ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the fatal stabbing of Brent Miller.

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Latest News
12:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Dying 'Angola 3' Inmate Freed After Decades In Solitary

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:26 pm

Herman Wallace, one of the "Angola 3" inmates who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement for the killing of a guard, has been freed after his conviction was overturned.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., said Tuesday that Wallace had not received a fair trial.

The Associated Press says that Jackson "had also ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the guard's death. And, he ordered him immediately released."

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Faith Groups Challenging Louisiana's High Incarceration Rate

Faith-based groups gathered at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Tremé to spread information about the state's high incarceration rate.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Faith-based groups are working on political strategies for solving the state's high incarceration rate.

An interfaith coalition is calling on elected leaders to cut the number of people incarcerated in Louisiana. The group is highlighting prison population numbers as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Federal Judge Weighs Jail Consent Decree

Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a news conference a few months ago, discussing the jail consent decree.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

The cost of the consent decree reforming the city jail is under review.

A federal judge is deciding how New Orleans will pay for reforming its troubled jail. The price tag will be split between the city and sheriff.

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