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  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    May 20, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may insist on air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. U.S. District... more »
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    May 20, 2016 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may insist on air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. ... more »
  • Two inmates found dead at Angola, review underway

    April 2, 2016 6:33 PM

    ANGOLA – State investigators are currently reviewing the Louisiana State Penitentiary after two inmates were found hanging in their cells Saturday morning. According to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, prison staff found 49-year-old Calvin Craddock hanging in his cell around 5:33 a.m. Saturday. Craddock was serving a... more »
  • Probe launched after rapper releases song from Angola

    March 31, 2016 4:26 AM

    ANGOLA- Authorities in Louisiana believe rapper C-Murder recorded and released a rap song while in prison. The rapper, who real name is Corey Miller, released a video for a new single, "Dear Supreme Court," last week. The rapper is serving a life sentence at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola... more »
  • Burl Cain cleared of wrongdoing; Ex-Angola warden to hold press conference Wednesday

    March 22, 2016 5:29 PM

    ANGOLA - Allegations of wrongdoing made against former State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain are unfounded, a multi-agency investigation revealed Tuesday afternoon. The Inspector General, State Police and Department of Corrections has spent the last few months investigating complaints that Cain acted inappropriately in his role as chief of the... more »
  • Massive $20 million diamond unearthed in Africa

    February 15, 2016 2:22 PM

    ANGOLA - An Australian mining company struck paydirt in Southern Africa as they uncovered a diamond worth more than $20 million. The 404-carat diamond was mined at Lucapa Diamond Company’s Lulo Diamond project in Angola’s Lunda Norte province. It’s the biggest diamond ever found in the country. Lucapa... more »
  • Transition plans for Angola, Dixon wardens announced

    December 10, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections announced transition plans for the leaders at Louisiana's prisons after Angola warden Burl Cain said he will retire at the end of this year. Cain made the announcement Wednesday, after investigations began into real estate deals between Cain and family members... more »
  • December 10, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    December 10, 2015 8:09 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Massive manhunt held overnight after fatal shooting Longtime Anglola warden Burl Cain to retire Tempers flare at townhall meeting in Indiana Continued warming, watching the next storm system Updates all day, every day: FACEBOOK | TWITTER more »
  • Longtime Angola warden Burl Cain to retire Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:13 PM

    ANGOLA - Burl Cain, the warden of Angola State Penitentiary for two decades, will resign at the end of this year. The warden made the announcement Wednesday evening that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016, according to a spokesperson with Governor Bobby Jindal's office. “Warden Burl... more »
  • Angola inmates sending off toys for Christmas Play Video

    December 9, 2015 5:44 PM

    ANGOLA - A handful of inmates at Angola State Prison are sent off wooden toys and repaired bicycles to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday. It's part of the Angola Toy Workshop's program to give to children in need for Christmas. Inmates craft 6,000 wooden toys and repair about... more »
  • Angola officials offer new plan to reduce heat on death row

    November 2, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three ailing condemned killers who claim Louisiana's death row is unbearably hot can look forward to a daily cool shower, personal ice chests and more fans. But state corrections officials say opening the death-row tier doors to let cooler air flow from the guard pod is a bad... more »
  • Mistakenly released prisoner brought back to Louisiana

    October 7, 2015 11:33 AM

    ANGOLA - Authorities say an inmate mistakenly released from prison and recaptured in Georgia was brought back to the Louisiana State Penitentiary late Tuesday night. Benjuiel Johnson arrived shortly after 11:30 p.m. to resume serving his 2013 sentence for manslaughter after he waived extradition in a hearing last Saturday.... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo coming in October Play Video

    September 30, 2015 9:36 AM

    ANGOLA- The Angola Prison Rodeo is coming back to town for the month of October. The rodeo has become a staple in Louisiana, where people from all over the state travel to the prison to watch the inmates participate in various events. The nation’s longest-running prison rodeo features events like... more »
  • Angola inmates ask for rehearing on death row heat case

    August 10, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State corrections officials complained last fall to a federal appellate court that a federal judge was micromanaging the state prison by ordering heat indexes on death row not top 88 degrees from April through October. Now, the three death-row inmates whose lawsuit against the state prompted Judge Brian... more »
  • Sept. 2 hearing in longtime inmate's quest for freedom

    July 30, 2015 8:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set arguments for Sept. 2 in the case of longtime Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox. Woodfox is seeking freedom after decades of prison isolation - and an end to the state's efforts to try him in the 1972 death of... more »
  • Appeals court says no A/C needed on La. death row

    July 8, 2015 3:41 PM

    ANGOLA - A federal appeals court said the state prison here does not need to air-condition cells on Death Row, although the state penitentiary needs to provide some relief from the heat for three inmates. The three inmates have high blood pressure and other illnesses, the Associated Press reported... more »
  • Court extends order blocking 'Angola 3' member's release

    June 12, 2015 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has extended an order blocking the release of Albert Woodfox, the last incarcerated member of a group of Louisiana prisoners known as the Angola Three. A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's release and barred the state from trying him a third time... more »
  • Slain guard's widow: Stop prosecution of Angola 3 inmate

    June 11, 2015 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The widow of a prison guard slain 43 years ago at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola wants the state to drop its effort to launch a third trial of a Black Panther activist long accused in the killing. Teenie Rogers says in a statement released Thursday that... more »
  • Federal judge orders last 'Angola 3' inmate released

    June 8, 2015 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered the release of an inmate who's been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years and who is the last of the so-called Angola Three still in prison. On Monday, U.S. District Judge James Brady ordered the release of Albert Woodfox. Brady... more »
  • Angola celebrates prisoner's achievements Play Video

    June 4, 2015 6:56 PM

    ANGOLA - The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola did something this week they haven't for three years: hold a graduation celebration for nearly 400 inmates. Graduation ceremonies took place Tuesday and Thursday at the prison, with some prisoners receiving their GED and others getting certification in various fields. ... more »
  • Lawsuit claims inmates receive inadequate medical care

    May 21, 2015 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Angola prisoners have sued Warden Burl Cain and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, alleging substandard medical care at the state penitentiary. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Baton Rouge. The suit's filing comes as a federal appeals court considers a similar lawsuit,... more »
  • Wrongfully convicted man fighting for compensation from state Play Video

    February 25, 2015 7:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A wrongfully convicted man is fighting for compensation he is owed from the state. Glenn Ford was exonerated of a crime he did not commit and released from Angola on March 11, 2014, just before sunset. He'd spent nearly 30 years on death row before a... more »
  • Angola inmates ship repaired wheel chairs to Cuba Play Video

    February 13, 2015 4:12 PM

    ANGOLA - A handful of Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates packed a shipping container full with wheelchairs Friday to send to Cuba to help people in need. It's part of the "Wheels of the World" program where inmates repair old, worn wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes to ship to countries... more »
  • 3 sentenced in beating of Angola inmate in 2010

    January 9, 2015 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Angola penitentiary guard who admitted to beating a handcuffed prisoner following a 2010 attempted escape has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge. Mark David Sharp, 32, is the third former corrections officer to admit to federal charges in the... more »
  • Angola warden Burl Cain considering governor's race

    January 5, 2015 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The long-time warden of Louisiana's state penitentiary says he may run for governor in this fall's election. Burl Cain, leader of the Angola prison for 20 years, said people have encouraged him to add his name to the list of candidates for the October election. A Facebook... more »
  • Angola inmates making old-fashioned cane syrup Play Video

    November 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the second time in nearly 40 years. Angola inmates are making homemade cane syrup the old-fashioned way. The Angola sugar mill shut down in the 1970s, but the tradition started back up last year. ... more »
  • Court won't reinstate 'Angola 3' inmate conviction

    November 21, 2014 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the second-degree murder conviction of longtime state prison inmate Albert Woodfox in the 1972 stabbing death of a guard. Woodfox has long maintained his innocence in the killing. He is one of the state inmates known as the "Angola... more »
  • Sheriff: Angola officer accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate killed in freak accident

    August 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A West Feliciana man was killed when a tree fell on his truck Saturday just before noon. Deputies say a pecan tree fell onto the vehicle of Danny Daniel, 64, in St. Francisville. Daniel and another man were driving away in the truck when the tree... more »
  • Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to be honored today Play Video

    July 25, 2014 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and seven others will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame today. "I am humbled by the honor of being recognized by my colleagues and the community," Sheriff Gautreaux says. "I entered a career in law enforcement... more »
  • Angola parenting event hosts Huckabee as speaker Play Video

    July 14, 2014 1:49 PM

    ANGOLA - More than 200 children got the chance to play games at Angola Monday with their locked-up loved ones. It's part of Angola's Returning Hearts program to promote positive parenting while aiming to keep kids out of trouble. Angola inmate Earl Davis says he only gets to see... more »
  • High court won't intervene in death row heat suit

    July 3, 2014 5:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Supreme Court justice has refused to intervene in an ongoing case about hot conditions on Death Row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The case involves a suit filed on behalf of three Death Row inmates. It resulted in last year's ruling by a federal judge in... more »
  • Confession in 30-year-old murder-for-hire case

    May 16, 2014 10:38 PM

    ANGOLA- A man serving a live sentence at the State Penitentiary confessed to a 30-year-old murder but won't be tried in connection with the crime. Larry Thompson, 71, is doing time for other crimes. He said he was hired to kill Maria Marshall in Toms River, New Jersey in... more »
  • Court seeks special master to cool down death row

    May 1, 2014 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two law professors and a civil lawyer have told a federal judge they feel qualified to oversee implementation of the state's proposed plan to cool down death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. William Quigley and M. Isabel Medina, faculty members at Loyola University New Orleans School... more »
  • Angola prison rodeo hits half-century mark

    April 26, 2014 4:25 PM

    ANGOLA - They're often thrown like rag dolls or risk being gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in the spotlight of the rodeo, they are part of the world again. Some of Louisiana's most violent criminals are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the... more »
  • Bill aims to help wrongfully convicted Play Video

    March 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At the same time Glenn Ford was being released from death row at Angola Tuesday, lawmakers were considering a bill to help compensate those wrongfully convicted. Ford starts a new life as a free man, looking to somehow try and pick up the life that he... more »
  • MORE: man released from Angola, relishes in freedom

    March 11, 2014 11:02 PM

    ANGOLA- A man tasted freedom for the first time in three decades Tuesday evening, and he said his mind raced the second he stepped foot outside the walls of the State Penitentiary. Glenn Ford was released after a judge overturned his murder conviction and ordered him to leave Angola.... more »
  • La.'s longest-serving death row inmate released

    March 11, 2014 4:46 PM

    ANGOLA - A state District Court judge has vacated a Caddo Parish man's murder conviction and death sentence and ordered the man's release from Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola, where he spent the past 30 years. Glenn Ford has been on death row since 1984. Gary Clements and... more »
  • Cooling plan released for La. death row

    February 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - 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... more »
  • State committed to executing killer

    January 27, 2014 11:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state said Monday night, a planned execution remains on schedule, despite the inmate's attorney fighting to have it postponed because of questions surrounding the procedure used in the death penalty in Louisiana. A lawyer for Christopher Sepulvado, who was convicted of the beating and scalding death... more »
  • Warden: guard stuffed bra to smuggle illegal items into prison

    December 24, 2013 4:26 PM

    ANGOLA- A guard at the state penitentiary is on the other side of the cell walls after she was arrested on smuggling charges. Investigators said Tuesday, LeAngela Handy was stuffing her bra with drugs and other illegal items and sneaking them into the prison. "She had her a... more »
  • Judge: death row too uncomfortable for the worst offenders

    December 19, 2013 4:57 PM

    ANGOLA- Prison leaders at the state penitentiary will have to devise a plan to cool cells on death row after a judge ruled it is so hot, the heat violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson released his decision Thursday in a civil... more »
  • Angola pressing homemade cane syrup Play Video

    November 26, 2013 6:16 PM

    ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Angola prisoners are once again making homemade cane syrup from prison grown sugar cane, a practice started in the early 1900s but abandoned decades ago. The process uses a mule and an old-fashioned cane press... more »
  • Slain guard's brother wants "Angola 3" in prison forever Play Video

    October 21, 2013 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The brother of security guard Brent Miller, stabbed to death at the state penitentiary, says his killers should stay in prison. Two of the "Angola 3," Herman Wallace and Robert King have been released for the death of Miller in 1972. Wallace died of cancer in... more »
  • Freed inmate indicted again

    October 3, 2013 5:12 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A grand jury in West Feliciana Parish has indicted 71-year-old Herman Wallace again in the 1972 slaying of an Angola prison guard. Wallace, who is dying of liver cancer, was ordered released Tuesday by a federal judge, who found that women had been excluded by Wallace's... more »
  • After Wallace, group wants last of Angola 3 released

    October 2, 2013 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A humanitarian organization is calling for the release of the third, and last incarcerated of the Angola Three. Albert Woodfox remains in prison after Herman Wallace, 71, was released Tuesday from Hunt Correctional Center after a judge decided his indictment in the 1970s violated his Constitutional rights.... more »
  • Judge: inmate's rights were violated, calls for release

    October 1, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago. Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury... more »
  • Hearing set for man accused of ramming Angola gate

    September 30, 2013 7:51 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A 26-year-old Houma man charged with attempted second-degree murder after ramming the front gate at the state penitentiary is scheduled for a Dec. 5 motions hearing after pleading not guilty Sept. 19. Floyd Tillman also faces charges of cruelty to juveniles, simple criminal damage to property... more »
  • Two Angola cellmates captured after escaping

    September 22, 2013 4:23 PM

    ANGOLA - Two Angola cellmates have been captured after attempting a daring plan to escape from jail. While in the prison yard this morning, the two inmates broke through the bottom of one gate and climbed over another before taking off into a wooded area. The Angola Chase... more »
  • Escaped inmates are now in custody

    September 22, 2013 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two inmates are on the run after escaping from Angola State Prison. State police and the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office are currently in hot pursuit. According to the a prison official, the police have them surrounded. Both of the inmates are serving life sentences, one... more »
  • Charges upgraded in Angola gate crash

    September 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    ANGOLA - Sheriff's deputies upgraded charges today against the man accused of crashing into the Angola prison's main gates this weekend to include attempted murder. A judge set a bond for Floyd Tilliman at $225,000 today. Investigators said they added the charge because he also rammed his vehicle into... more »
  • Man ambushes Angola gates with kids in vehicle

    September 9, 2013 9:54 AM

    ANGOLA - Bond could be set Monday for a man who allegedly ambushed the Angola State Penitentiary over the weekend. Prison officials say guards opened fire on the vehicle with two children inside when it crashed through the main entrance gates Sunday afternoon. Correctional officers reportedly saw a... more »
  • Man, kids reported missing before ambushing Angola gates

    September 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    ANGOLA - Prison officials say guards opened fire on a vehicle with two children inside that crashed through the Angola State Penitentiary main entrance Sunday around 2:30 p.m. Officials say correctional officers saw a suspicious vehicle approaching and backing up multiple times. Investigators said the car was being driven... more »
  • Death row air conditioning rare in South

    August 24, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Triple-digit heat indexes experienced by three convicted murderers suing officials at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are similar to the conditions endured by inmates on Death Row in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. But condemned prisoners in Arkansas have air conditioning and Arkansas prison policy calls... more »
  • Warden apologizes after trying to cool death row

    August 6, 2013 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary has apologized to a federal judge for efforts to try to cool death row cells when independent temperature monitoring had been ordered. Burl Cain, warden at the Angola prison, said Tuesday that he made a mistake when he added temporary... more »
  • Judge raises concern about data meddling at Angola

    August 5, 2013 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal judge is questioning whether state officials damaged independent data collection of temperatures on Louisiana's death row. The information was being collected at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as part of a lawsuit claiming that three condemned killers are forced to live in dangerous heat conditions.... more »
  • Governor commutes sentence of man doing life at Angola

    July 12, 2013 11:09 PM

    ANGOLA- The governor commuted the sentence of a man at the state penitentiary serving time for a murder in Baton Rouge years ago. Shelby Arabie was in prison for life but will now only serve 45 years. He has completed about half. Governor Bobby Jindal said Arabie is... more »
  • Louding's letter to Lil Boosie: "keep your head up"

    July 10, 2013 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- WBRZ News 2 obtained a letter, written by convicted hitman Michael Louding, to rapper Lil Boosie. The letter was presented during a hearing this week concerning Louding's sentence for being hired to kill a man in October 2009. The page and a half, handwritten letter contains... more »
  • Angola guard tower headed to Smithsonian Play Video

    July 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    ANGOLA - A guard tower from Angola State Penitentiary will be removed this week and make its way to Washington D.C. to be displayed in a Smithsonian museum. The tower will be on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is currently... more »
  • Federal lawsuit claims inmates face extreme heat

    June 10, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against the state alleging inhumane conditions for death row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Filed on behalf of three inmates, the lawsuit says the prisoners are forced to live in poorly-ventilated cells where average... more »
  • Angola warden looking into if killer's letter broke the rules Play Video

    May 31, 2013 10:56 PM

    ANGOLA- Prison authorities are investigating if convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne broke the State Penitentiary rules by sending a letter addressed to the "Acadiana community." Lavergne's two-page doctrine asks for mercy for killing Mickey Shunick last year and another woman more than ten years ago. Shunick was last seen... more »
  • Billy Cannon to remain in ICU overnight

    February 19, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former LSU football star Billy Cannon will spend the night in ICU and doctors will assess his situation Wednesday after the legend had a stroke Tuesday afternoon. Cannon, who won the Heisman in 1959 and played for the American Football League, was rushed to the ER from Angola,... more »
  • LSU football star Billy Cannon rushed to hospital Play Video

    February 19, 2013 1:55 PM

    ANGOLA - LSU athletics officials confirmed that former Tiger football star and Heisman Award winner Billy Cannon was rushed to the hospital today after suffering a stroke. Cannon, the 15-year director of Angola State Penitentiary's dental program, was rushed by ambulance from the prison according to Angola officials. ... more »
  • Woman held in smuggling attempt at Angola

    February 19, 2013 7:30 AM

    ANGOLA - A 41-year-old New Orleans woman remains in the West Feliciana Parish after her arrest on drug counts at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Maj. Archer Lee says Sharon T. Richards was booked on five felony counts Monday after she attempted to enter the Angola prison with quantities of heroin, marijuana,... more »
  • Poor quality fake money found at Angola

    February 1, 2013 5:05 PM

    ANGOLA- Four inmates at the State Penitentiary were busted for printing fake 100, 20, and 10-dollar bills. Sources tell WBRZ News 2 that the group was using a printer in the metal fabrication plant to make the phonies, which were "very poor quality." Federal authorities, including the U.S.... more »
  • La. Supreme Court denies bid of death row inmate

    January 28, 2013 9:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a bid to block the scheduled execution of condemned child-killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13. Louisiana's last execution took place in 2010. The 69-year-old man's lawyers argued he should be allowed to challenge... more »
  • Inmate's trial scheduled May 20 in prison killing

    January 18, 2013 7:16 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trial for the last of the five Angola inmates accused of killing a penitentiary security officer in 1999 has been set for the week of May 20. The new attorneys for inmate Barry Edge last month won a delay of the trial that was scheduled to begin... more »

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