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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Set To Fight Federal Consent Decrees

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is gearing up for a battle over implementing two consent decrees designed to reform the city police department and jail.  

Mayor Landrieu facing political land mines in fighting federal reform plans.

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Angola Rodeo
11:06 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Tickets on Sale for Angola Rodeo

Tickets are on sale for the spring rodeo at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Events are scheduled for April 20-21.

The Advocate reports that all seats are priced at $15. The prison gates will open to visitors at 9 a.m. each day.

Rodeo performances begin at 2 p.m.

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Orleans Parish Prison
10:05 am
Sat March 2, 2013

New Orleans Seeks Rejection of Jail Reform Plan

The City of New Orleans is asking a federal court to reject a proposed reform plan for the Orleans Parish Prison — a plan that the city says it will have to pay for even though the Orleans Parish Sheriff runs the facility.

The U.S. Justice Department and Sheriff Marlin Gusman agreed to the plan in December. That upset city officials who said it will add to the city's financial burden under a separate reform plan for the New Orleans Police Department.

Jail Consent Decree
5:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Judge Grants Preliminary Okay for New Orleans Jail Reforms

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of an agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans that's designed to clean up the city-funded jail.

The consent decree with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman calls for him to provide adequate medical and mental health care and overhaul policies on use of force and rape prevention, among other reforms. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's approval Tuesday is a step towards implementing some of those reforms.

Latest News
1:00 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

2 Escaped Rapides Parish Inmates Recaptured

Two Rapides Parish inmates who walked away from a detention center have been recaptured.

The sheriff's office told The Town Talk Thursday that both 48-year-old Ronald Vantress and 27-year-old Raymond Weston escaped Wednesday and were found and taken into custody without incident. Each has been booked on a charge of simple escape.

Weston, of Alexandria, was serving time for narcotics convictions while Vantress, of New Orleans, was serving time for a felony theft conviction.

Latest News
5:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Rewards Up to $5K for St. Gabriel Prison Escapee

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has boosted its reward from $1,000 to $2,500 for a woman who escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women at St. Gabriel.

Crimestoppers also is offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of 33-year-old Keana Barnes, who escaped early New Year's Day while serving 25 years for manslaughter.

Barnes is from the New Orleans area. Department Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc says anyone found helping her evade capture will face consequences.

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Latest News
10:20 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Inmate Who Stole Ambulance Called Angola Warden

Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain says he'd never heard of an inmate breaking out of jail just to seek a transfer to another prison, but that's what a New Orleans offender serving time for armed robbery attempted early Friday.

Cain tells The Advocate he received a call around 12:40 a.m. at his residence about a prison break at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.

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Latest News
9:25 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Escaped La. Inmate Arrested in Miss.

A 26-year-old man who escaped from the St. Tammany Parish jail has been arrested along with his girlfriend in a hotel in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Authorities say Anthony Lance Alexius walked away from his work detail in the kitchen of the parish jail at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

Officials believe he was picked up by Melissa Ann Beck outside the kitchen.

Alexius and Beck were arrested without incident Sunday night and were booked by Hattiesburg police as fugitives.

Angola 5
10:55 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Angola 5 Trial May Be Delayed

The new attorneys for the only Angola inmate still facing trial in the 1999 beating and stabbing death of a prison security officer told a state judge they probably will file a motion to postpone their client's trial.

The Advocate reports the trial for Barry Edge, who already is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, is scheduled to begin Jan. 17.

Defense attorney Steve Lemoine told retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome M. Winsberg Friday that he sees problems in getting the case together.

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Corrections
4:11 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

St. James Juvenile Detention Center on Verge of Closing

With the St. James Juvenile Detention Center set to close next year, officials are eyeing alternatives for housing juvenile offenders.

St. James Parish officials say they will close the detention center at the end of June because new state regulations would make it more expensive to keep the facility open.

The Advocate reports that Assumption Parish officials say they can fill the void and house juvenile offenders from an eight-parish area at a converted adult detention center in Napoleonville.

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