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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Former GOHSEP employee says millions wasted on ice Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former employee at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says he was fired for pointing out taxpayer waste after Hurricane Isaac. Bruce Ellis says he was given additional duties before the storm hit. He says the state spent tens of millions of... more »
  • Angola inmates on Santa's payroll

    December 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    ANGOLA- Inmates at the state's maximum security prison are working overtime to fill all the orders on Santa's list before Christmas. It's a tradition every year that gets inmates working on their down time to make toys and fix bikes for needy children. "They are elves," said Tom... more »
  • Lee request for lab exam of evidence rejected

    November 16, 2012 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The judge presiding over condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's latest appeal has refused to have evidence presented at Lee's 2004 capital murder trial sent to a private lab for examination. State District Judge Richard Anderson denied the defense motion Thursday after prosecutor Dana Cummings objected.... more »
  • Lavergne in Angola after pleading guilty to murders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne arrived at Angola state prison this afternoon, beginning his life sentence for murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate. Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to both murders in exchange for the life sentence. Prosecutors said inmates at the jail he had been booked into were... more »
  • Wolf hybrid starts "life sentence" guarding Angola check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 16, 2012 6:00 PM

    ANGOLA - After being granted a stay of execution in exchange for a "life sentence" at the Angola state penitentiary, a wolf-dog hybrid named 'Chief,' will soon be guarding inmates. The dog was slated to be euthanized for aggressive behavior, but Angola Warden Burl Cain stepped in to take... more »
  • Angola inmates perform "The Life of Jesus Christ" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 2, 2012 5:36 PM

    ANGOLA- Convicted murderers and armed robbers will portray the lives of Jesus and his disciples in the first ever American performance of "The Life of Jesus Christ," a play originally written by Peter Huntley. The inmates, alongside offenders from Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, worked more than a year... more »
  • Bad dog to get new life as prison guard

    May 2, 2012 8:35 AM

    NEW ROADS - The bad dog of the neighborhood has received a life prison sentence. The wolf dog hybrid named Chief - once ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior - will become a guard dog at Louisiana's maximum security prison. The Advocate reports that District Judge James Best on Tuesday signed... more »
  • Prisoners give freedom through wheelchairs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 18, 2012 6:33 PM

    ANGOLA - Each year, 600 wheelchairs are shipped to places like Romania, Africa and Cuba, places where some people are too poor to buy wheelchairs. In those places, the men and women who can't walk must drag themselves around by their hands. They have callouses on their knees. Some... more »
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    January 18, 2012 5:46 PM

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  • Visitor to Louisiana penitentiary arrested

    January 3, 2012 4:09 PM

    ANGOLA - A St. Tammany Parish woman is free after posting $12,000 bail for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The Advocate reports 23-year-old Shauntae M. Joseph, of Slidell, was booked Sunday into the West Feliciana Parish Jail on a charge of introduction of... more »
  • Angola prisoners see themselves as 'Santa's Helpers' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 5, 2011 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- A handful of prisoners imprisoned at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola call themselves "Santa's Helpers," even though many are convicted murderers serving life sentences. That's because they spend all their free time hand-crafting jewelry, wooden toys, and refurbishing bicycles for children who may not otherwise get... more »
  • Jury convicts Angola inmate in guards 1999 death

    October 27, 2011 2:48 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- A jury has convicted Angola inmate David Brown, 38, of first degree murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of Louisiana State Penitentiary security Capt. David C. Knapps in 1999. The jury deliberated for a little over an hour in a West Feliciana Parish courtroom before... more »
  • Jury hears Angola 5 defendant on tape

    October 26, 2011 2:18 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La.- A jury heard a recording of Angola 5 defendant David Brown telling investigators that he dragged Louisiana State Penitentiary security Capt. David Knapps into an employee restroom and held the officer while a co-defendant hit him with a mallet. The 49-year-old Knapps died in the restroom... more »
  • Man released from prison after wrongly jailed for 30 years

    October 21, 2011 11:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man was released from Angola State Penitentiary this morning after being cleared of a rape conviction that kept him behind bars for nearly 30 years. Henry James, now 50, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole on May 7, 1982. JenDe O'Keefe Trigg, managing director... more »
  • Prison officials target cellphones

    August 13, 2011 10:18 AM

    ZACHARY, La.- State corrections officials are considering a telephone access program to curtail unauthorized cellphone use in state prisons, corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said. The Advocate reported authorities have confiscated 32 cellphones this year from inmates at the Angola state penitentiary, and two more were found before they could... more »
  • Lil Boosie faces new charges

    July 15, 2011 4:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge rapper, Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch was indicted Thursday and is accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a second state prison. The 28-year-old rapper is accused of trying to get codeine into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Hatch, who is serving time on... more »
  • Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch arrested again

    May 25, 2011 11:39 AM

    Baton Rouge - Torrence Hatch, a.k.a "Lil Boosie" may be locked up, but State Police say it didn't stop him from trying to smuggle drugs, into jail. Detectives were tipped off that Arthur Stewart, and Titus Franklin were planning to sneak codeine syrup into Angola, for Hatch. Stewart... more »
  • Inmate formally sentenced in guard's death

    May 24, 2011 6:31 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- A state district judge has formally sentenced Jeffrey Cameron Clark to die for murdering a prison security officer. A jury chosen in St. Tammany Parish last week convicted Clark of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death in the Dec. 28, 1999, beating and stabbing death of Louisiana... more »
  • Angola inmates fighting floods

    May 22, 2011 6:36 PM

    ANGOLA- Inmates at the state penitentiary are working day and night to ensure the prison stays dry as waters there reach their highest levels ever, according to Warden Burl Cain. That hasn't stopped the prisoners from continuing with their everyday life. "We still have to manage this farm and... more »
  • Trial in prison guard's beating death begins

    May 7, 2011 11:21 AM

    COVINGTON, La.- The trial of a state prison inmate charged with killing a guard 11 years ago probably will take at least two weeks. The Advocate reports that's what attorneys told potential jurors for the trial of 50-year-old Jeffrey Cameron Clark - one of five Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates... more »
  • Angola officers arrested for contraband

    May 7, 2011 9:48 AM

    ANGOLA, La.- Two Louisiana State Penitentiary sergeants are accused of bringing contraband into the prison. Warden Burl Cain says it's frustrating to deal with corrupt officials while preparing for a record-setting crest on the adjacent Mississippi River. A statement from the prison said Sergeants Carlton Bailey and Autry... more »
  • Inmates filling sandbags at Angola

    May 5, 2011 6:20 PM

    ANGOLA- Inmates are filling 60 thousands sandbags in the battle against the rising Mississippi River. Warden Burl Cain says improvements were made to the main levee system at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after a major flood in 1997. The lowest spot on the main system is 68 feet.... more »

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