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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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Latest News
6:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Death Row Inmates Seek Relief From The Heat

The front gates to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
msppmoore Flickr

Federal judge to examine Angola death row cooling systems.

A federal judge in Louisiana is deciding if death row inmates are being held in unsafe conditions from extreme heat. There’s no air conditioning in that part of the state prison in Angola.

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Consent Decree
6:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Fires Back At Jail Critics

Sheriff Gusman's news conference on conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison.

The sheriff in charge of the overcrowded and violent New Orleans jail is firing back at critics. Sheriff Marlin Gusman favors a federal consent decree, while Mayor Mitch Landrieu says a federal receiver should be in charge.

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Orleans Parish Prison
7:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Wants Federal Monitor to Operate City Jail

Mayor Landrieu outlines plans for state legislative package and jail reform.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is outlining his plan for state legislation to help the city. He’s asking the federal government — not the state — to help reform the troubled city jail.

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Corrections
12:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Inmate Found Dead at Angola

Autopsy results are pending in the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel told the Advocate Monday that authorities found 33-year-old Kriss Lane hanging in his cell at Angola's main prison complex shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.

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