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Inside the Arts
12:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Screening Tonight: Herman's House

The ACLU of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center are co-sponsoring a screening of Herman's House.

Herman's House tells the story of an unlikely friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary. Their journey reveals the transformative power of art.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

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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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The Lens: Orleans Parish Prison
2:01 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Gusman closes House of Detention

Gusman and his top brass announced he is closing the House of Detention.
Tom Gogola The Lens

Surrounded by deputies, Orleans Parish Sherriff Marlin Gusman announced today that he is closing the Orleans Parish Prison House of Detention facility on Perdido Street.

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Reports
5:05 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Brutal Conditions in Orleans Parish Prison

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing officials in charge of the New Orleans jail. The group says inmates are subjected to violence and held in inhumane conditions.

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