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1:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cooling Plan In Store For Louisiana Death Row

The entrance to Angola Prison, where death row inmates are housed.
msppmoore Flickr

The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. He demanded a plan to cool the cells so the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.

Windows and fans are currently the primary sources of ventilation on death row.

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Latest News
1:57 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Audit Says Office Of Juvenile Justice Not Properly Monitoring Contracts

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is doing a poor job making sure the prevention and diversion programs it uses are helping to keep children out of youth prisons.

That's the finding of an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office that looked at the state's Office of Juvenile Justice.

The audit says OJJ doesn't gather enough information from its contractors to adequately monitor programs that are supposed to provide treatment options for children and teenagers who have behavioral problems or who have been charged with misdemeanor crimes.

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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

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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