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5:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Consent Decree Outlines Jail Reforms

The New Orleans jail now has a plan to fix its troubled record of inmate violence and staff misconduct. The problem now is how to pay for improvements.

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Features
5:49 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Public Service Commission Considers Lowering "Sinful" Prison Phone Rates

Louisiana prisons receive kickbacks from collect phone calls made by prisoners to their families.
Eve Abrams WWNO

When a prisoner calls home to talk to his mother, son, or daughter, that call costs his family about 15 times more than it would if the same number were dialed outside the prison walls.  These costs vary from one jail to the next, but every Louisiana prison receives a hefty kickback from the collect phone calls inmates make simply to stay in touch with their friends and families.

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Orleans Parish Prison
12:43 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions.

The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in April by the Southern Poverty Law Center contending the jail's conditions violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Vermilion Parish
10:50 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Vermilion Parish sheriff sued over detention of immigrants

To see if detained immigrants are being locked up unlawfully for long periods of time, a civil rights group is seeking to get the Vermilion Parish sheriff to turn over documents on immigrants who've been jailed since 2009.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Mike Couvillon Wednesday. The group says the sheriff has refused to hand over the documents, citing privacy concerns.

The group charges sheriff's offices may be holding immigrants longer than federal law permits.

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Bridge City Center for Youth
1:07 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Jefferson Parish youth center counselor arrested

A 32-year-old counselor at the Bridge City Center for Youth has been arrested after authorities discovered she had improper contact with one of youths held at the facility.

The Times-Picayune reports Shantel Fitzgerald of New Orleans was booked Friday with sexual malfeasance in a prison after it was determined she had a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility. Fitzgerald was taken into custody after an investigation by the state Department of Juvenile Justice, but has since been released.

C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center
5:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

DeQuincy state prison closing stuns workers

When the warden at the 942-bed state prison in DeQuincy called a late-afternoon meeting of top staff, workers thought it was a send-off for an assistant warden who was retiring that day.

The warden's secretary, Carol Lee Fruge, tells the American Press that was when warden Robert Henderson told staffers he had just learned the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center would be closing.

Closing has been discussed before, but employees say there was no indication it might happen.

Corrections
1:48 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

New state law sets stage for lifer's release

A Jefferson Parish man serving life in prison for raping a woman when he was 15 years old is now eligible for parole under a state law passed this year in response to a U.S. Supreme Court order.

The Times-Picayune reports 46-year-old Jerome Richardson is the first of 10 juvenile lifers who were prosecuted as adults in Jefferson Parish of crimes other than murder whose sentences are modified under the new law that became effective Aug. 1.

Richardson has served about 30 years of the life sentence for a 1981 aggravated rape conviction.

Ouachita Correctional Center
12:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Police: man allegedly tried to get drugs to inmate

Richwood police accuse a Marrero man of trying to slip marijuana to an inmate in the Richwood jail.

The News-Star reports that 36-year-old Davion Matthews was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on Saturday on charges of possessing marijuana and bringing contraband into a penal facility.

An arrest affidavit says a guard at Richwood Correctional Center called police after allegedly seeing Matthews slide something under a cell door. It says police searched the cell and found a bag of suspected marijuana.

Bond was $750 on the marijuana charge.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:53 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Nearly half of OPP inmates are shipped out or released

The Tents, part of the Orleans Parish Prison complex, have been emptied as Isaac approaches.
Tom Gogola The Lens

As Tropical Storm Isaac churns up the Gulf of Mexico, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said today that he shipped nearly half the prisoners held at Orleans Parish Prison to state facilities around Louisiana.

In a statement, Gusman said he had moved 1,037 prisoners overnight from FEMA-built jails built in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has completely emptied two jails: the Temporary Jail and the Temporary Detention Center, more commonly known as the “Tents.”

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Angola Death-Row
1:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Group petitions for access to Angola records

A New Orleans nonprofit organization wants a federal court order that would require officials of the Louisiana State Penitentiary to grant center attorneys and a medical specialist access to death-row inmates and records at Angola.

Advocacy Center attorneys say in a civil lawsuit that prison officials have refused to allow them to pursue prisoner reports that death-row temperatures have exceeded 100 degrees.

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