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  • EBR Public Defender's office is going broke Play Video

    March 21, 2016 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There could be no public defenders in Baton Rouge by the summer, an audit released Monday found. The state may not have enough money to keep the public defender's office handling cases in East Baton Rouge Parish open past June 30th. Already, public defenders said they're entering... more »
  • Officers plead guilty in roles of inmate beating

    February 24, 2016 8:16 AM

    NEW IBERIA- Three former and two current employees of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office have pleaded guilty to their roles in the beating of an inmate at an Iberia Parish jail. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that 46-year-old Robert E. Burns, 34-year-old Byron Benjamin Lassalle, 40-year-old Wade Bergeron, 35-year-old... more »
  • Mistakenly released inmate booked into jail overnight

    February 3, 2016 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man released from state custody while facing charges in two other parishes has now been booked into jail again. Emanuel Jones was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison overnight. Jones faces carjacking, armed robbery, battery and felon in possession of a firearm charges... more »
  • Mistaken release of inmate prompts investigation by state Play Video

    January 29, 2016 12:01 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A state investigation is now underway to figure out who is at fault in the mistaken release of an Elayn Hunt Correctional Center inmate wanted for escape and carjacking Thursday. According to the Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS), Emanuel Jones was released from Elayn Hunt... more »
  • Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee dies at 47 Play Video

    January 21, 2016 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee died shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday while receiving medical care at a local hospital, according to state corrections officials. He was 47. Spokeswoman for the Department of Safety and Corrections Pam Laborde says an autopsy will be performed, and an... more »
  • Ex-Mamou Police Chief sentenced to prison for using stun gun on inmate

    January 14, 2016 5:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Justice Department says a former Mamou police chief has been sentenced to a prison term for using a stun gun on a jail inmate who didn't pose a threat. The former chief, 44-year-old Robert McGee, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik Sr.... more »
  • Louisiana sheriff's deputy killed, former inmate arrested

    January 14, 2016 2:53 PM

    HOMER, La. - Authorities have arrested a former inmate in the death of a sheriff's deputy whose body was found earlier this week in a shallow grave near her north Louisiana home. Louisiana State Police Trooper Matt Harris says 35-year-old Jermaine Johnson was booked with second-degree murder on Tuesday. Bond... more »
  • FOLLOW UP: Deputies working night of possible inmate escape to be questioned

    December 18, 2015 12:45 PM

    PORT ALLEN – West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies who are assigned the overnight shift at the jail's work release bunk area will be questioned Friday after Baton Rouge Police said a man escaped the center and attacked a man in the parking of a hotel on the east side... more »
  • WBR work release inmate accused of crime while in custody Play Video

    December 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An arrest warrant has been issued for a Department of Corrections inmate, accused of committing an armed robbery and carjacking. Emanuel Jones was a work release inmate housed at the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center. The incident happened in November, according to the arrest... more »
  • Searchers actively following tips for missing inmate

    November 6, 2015 1:23 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities said they're actively following up on tips in the search for a work release inmate who left his job site earlier this week in Livingston Parish. A spokesperson for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said they and members of the Walker Police Department searched an... more »
  • Deputies searching for missing work-release inmate

    November 5, 2015 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said they're searching for a work release inmate out of Livingston Parish who left his job earlier this week. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said Kevin Whetstone, 30, was working offshore on a tugboat and called a relative to pick him up after... more »
  • High court won't hear appeal from Miss. death row inmate

    November 2, 2015 11:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate who pleaded guilty in the rape and killing of a waitress in 2000. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that denied Thomas Loden Jr.'s request for a new court hearing to... more »
  • Escaped Louisiana prison inmate caught in Arizona

    October 16, 2015 3:32 PM

    PHOENIX - Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a Louisiana prison this summer has been caught in metropolitan Phoenix. The U.S. Marshals Service says 23-year-old Michael Anthony Elliot Jr. was arrested Thursday in Youngtown, roughly 20 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. Marshals say they received a tip that he... more »
  • Mistakenly released killer arrested in Georgia

    October 2, 2015 1:52 AM

    ATLANTA- Authorities have captured an inmate that was mistakenly let out of a jail earlier this week in Louisiana. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Benjuiel Johnson, 32, just after midnight Friday morning at a motel just outside of Atlanta. Authorities in Georgia said a Gwinett County deputy assigned to... 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 »
  • Plan approved to shrink New Orleans jail population by 200

    September 22, 2015 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans officials have approved a plan to cut 11 percent of the city jail's daily average number of inmates over the next few months. A working group consisting of representatives from the courts, the police department, the sheriff, the district attorney and City Hall on Monday approved... more »
  • Detectives looking for escaped inmate

    September 17, 2015 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are looking for an inmate who left his work release job yesterday evening. Deputies said 24-year-old Damarkius Spears, a Department of Corrections inmate, was last seen by an 84 Lumber employee yesterday evening at his work release job... more »
  • Evangeline Parish Sheriffs looking for escaped inmate

    August 9, 2015 1:29 PM

    VILLE PLATTE, La. - Evangeline Parish Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who escaped from prison. Authorities say 22-year-old Zachary Deville fled the Southwest Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. Deville was serving time on a burglary charge when he escaped. Deville is described as... more »
  • Vermont Legislature investigating inmate's death

    August 8, 2015 12:54 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Vermont Legislature is investigating the death of a Vermont inmate who was beaten at a private prison in Kentucky and died six weeks later. The cause of his death remains unclear. An autopsy completed last month revealed 66-year-old sex offender James Nicholson died of a combination... 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 »
  • Inmate escapes from work release facility

    July 17, 2015 6:30 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Deputies in West Feliciana Parish said an inmate escaped from a work release program Friday and was recaptured a short time later. Authorities said Titus Huddleston was in jail for simple burglary and got away from the work release facility at 9943 West Feliciana Parkway in... more »
  • Opening of New Orleans Parish Prison postponed again

    June 9, 2015 8:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a new prison facility for Orleans Parish inmates will not open until mid-August at the earliest. Authorities said Monday there are complications with an electronic security system that controls everything from cell doors to videoconferencing. Officials say problems with the security system must be ironed... 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 »
  • NOPD: Prison inmate on the loose; slipped out of handcuffs

    April 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are searching for an man who managed to slip out of his handcuffs and flee Orleans Parish Prison's temporary intake center early Sunday morning. The man had been transported from University Hospital after receiving a cast on his right arm. After being... more »
  • Corrections officer arrested over inmate's escape

    April 2, 2015 9:30 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE- Authorities say an Avoyelles Parish correctional officer's decision to make an unscheduled stop last week to let an inmate she was transporting to jail to buy drugs backfired. Assumption Parish deputies say the inmate never returned with the drugs and escaped. Felicia Daigle was found more than three hours... more »
  • Orleans sheriff investigates apparent suicide of inmate

    March 24, 2015 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent suicide of a 24-year-old inmate. In a news release, sheriff's office spokesman Philip Stelly says Ryan Miller was found Monday night in a holding cell with a telephone cord around his neck. Stelly says deputies immediately began CPR.... more »
  • Durst could be most infamous inmate recently at St. Gabriel's Hunt Play Video

    March 18, 2015 11:02 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - In a matter of days, eccentric millionaire and real estate heir Robert Durst went from a swanky Houston condo, to a ritzy New Orleans hotel on Canal Street to the Orleans Parish Prison and by Wednesday morning will have spent two nights in the mental ward of... more »
  • Killer gets dog bite settlement

    March 5, 2015 7:47 PM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO- A convict serving time for murder who had his nose partially bitten off by a dog in a prison program got $7,500 in a settlement with the State of Ohio. Vincent Doan's damage award was approved in the Ohio Court of Claims. Doan claimed the attack two... more »
  • Tax fraud scheme involving inmates leads to felony arrest

    January 17, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A New Orleans woman has been arrested for a scheme that involved filing false state income tax returns in the names of unsuspecting people, including prison inmates. Investigators say Thelma Jean Lee is accused of filing 38 false returns, including fake W-2 withholding forms, during the... more »
  • Workers free Pennsylvania inmate's arm from toilet

    December 2, 2014 10:01 AM

    SHAMOKIN, PA - A Pennsylvania prisoner is free - relatively speaking - after spending part of the weekend with his arm stuck in a toilet. The News Ite m in Shamokin reports that maintenance and emergency teams at the State Correctional Institution-Coal Township worked for several hours and wound up... 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 »
  • Prisoner says state conducts illegal body searches

    October 29, 2014 3:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for a Louisiana prison inmate whose conviction in the 1972 death of a guard was overturned say he has been subjected to illegal "body cavity searches" while he awaits the next step in his prosecution. The inmate is 67-year-old Albert Woodfox, one of the prisoners supporters... 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 »
  • Authorities looking for escaped inmate

    July 7, 2014 6:37 AM

    AMITE - Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from Tangipahoa Parish jail late last night. Verdale Anthony Moore, 20, was jailed in February on charges relating to the shooting death of 37-year-old Sandra Butler of Independence. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says he's dedicating all available... more »
  • Troopers arrest Lafayette Parish deputies

    June 17, 2014 7:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Louisiana State Police arrested four former Lafayette Parish deputies Tuesday after investigators said the four admitted to beating up an inmate in his cell. Troopers said two of the deputies at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center beat up a disruptive inmate while two other deputies watched. Investigators... more »
  • Tennis balls used to smuggle drugs into prison Play Video

    June 17, 2014 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities charged an inmate after tennis balls stuffed with fake pot where found on prison grounds. Guards overheard inmate, Carlos Powell, 31, talking to a woman in a recorded phone call from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on May 29th. Powell asked the woman to... more »
  • Inmate accused of choking deputy out, escaping

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Prosecutors filed additional charges Friday against a St. Landry Parish inmate who's accused of choking a guard unconscious and escaping from a dentist's office earlier this week. Tyrone Byers, who escaped from custody for a few hours Tuesday morning, now faces battery and escape charges in addition... 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 »
  • Former inmate says sign language changed his life Play Video

    November 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A former Department of Corrections inmate says learning sign language while behind bars changed his life. Scott Huffman served nearly four years in Rayburn Correctional Center. He was released three months ago. "Before prison I was wild. I was involved in drugs and drinking, selling... more »
  • Last Angola 5 defendant sentenced to life

    October 15, 2013 7:51 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Barry S. Edge will serve life in prison for the murder of an Angola prison guard almost 14 years ago after a jury deadlocked on whether to sentence him to death. The 53-year-old was found guilty Saturday of first-degree murder in the death of Capt. David... more »
  • Jefferson deputy charged with beating jail inmate

    October 3, 2013 7:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been charged in federal court in the beating last year of an inmate. Gary Shine, a sergeant who has worked in the parish jail for nearly a decade, was charged in a bill of information this week with depriving an... more »
  • MDOC: Work center inmate steals van, escapes

    September 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    HATTIESBURG - Authorities say they are on the lookout for a work center inmate who escaped by stealing a Hattiesburg city-owned van from a local park. WDAM-TV says 26-year-old Micah Lee Bolton of Beaumont is serving four years for delivery of a controlled substance in George County. Police say Bolton... more »
  • Lawsuit: Deputies ignored dying inmate's pleas

    June 28, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members of an inmate who died of a ruptured ulcer in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. The suit claims deputies ignored his declining health and pleas for medical attention. The sheriff's office has... more »
  • Inmate caught after walking off work release site

    June 18, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U. S. Marshals said they caught up to a work release inmate this afternoon after the man walked off his job site Monday. Marshals arrested Tederick Bessie, 30, around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in Baton Rouge. Authorities reported Bessie missing Monday after they said he wasn't... more »
  • La. inmates face life in 2011 kidnapping death

    May 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Two Louisiana inmates were facing life sentences Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree. Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were inmate workers with jobs as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in... more »
  • Escaped inmate captured in Marksville

    May 20, 2013 11:53 AM

    MARSKVILLE - A 21-year-old inmate who escaped Friday from a work detail in Marksville has been captured. Avoyelles Parish sheriff's deputies tell The Town Talk that Marksville police arrested Christopher W. Roy Saturday. Deputies say Roy was found hiding in a closet. He was taken to the Avoyelles Parish Dentition... more »
  • Pa. inmate denies hiding phone in prosthetic leg

    April 2, 2013 9:08 AM

    UNIONTOWN, Pa.- A former Pennsylvania jail inmate says he didn't sneak a cellphone into the lockup in his prosthetic leg, though he acknowledged having it for a year as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Instead, 28-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, tells a judge the phone was in his cargo... more »
  • Autopsy showed Moore died of blunt force trauma

    March 6, 2013 8:44 AM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss.- Authorities have charged an inmate in the death of another prisoner at the Jackson County jail. Testimony at an initial court appearance Tuesday was that Dionte R. Jones struck Anthony Eugene Moore with a closed fist, causing Moore's head to strike a concrete floor at the Jackson County... more »
  • Ky. inmate charged with threatening Obama family

    February 21, 2013 8:35 AM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky inmate is facing federal charges, accused of writing letters threatening the life of President Barack Obama, the first lady and their two daughters. A grand jury in Louisville on Wednesday charged Kentucky State Penitentiary Anthony D. Holliman with threatening the president and a second count... more »
  • Work-release inmated wanted after leaving job Play Video

    February 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    JACKSON - The search continued today for a work-release inmate who walked away from his job Monday. Investigators said Frankie New, 40, left his job at Elam's Auto Service and Body Shop on Highway 10. He was last seen around 8 a.m. Monday. This is the second time... more »
  • No new leads in search for escaped inmate

    February 12, 2013 11:05 AM

    CLINTON - Deputies continue to search for an inmate who officials say walked away from his work-release job Monday. Chief Deputy Cliff Hurst with the East Feliciana Sheriff's Office says they have no leads on 21-year-old Glen Carroll III. Hurst said deputies believe someone picked up Carroll from... more »
  • Inmate wanted after walking off release job

    February 11, 2013 10:22 PM

    AMITE- Authorities are searching for a man who walked away from his work release job Monday afternoon. Glenn Carroll was serving time at the East Feliciana Parish Prison but was working at a lumberyard near Amite. Deputies said he walked off the job. Carroll has connections across the... more »
  • Inmate attends church, then escapes

    February 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    SIMMESPORT- Deputies in Avoyelles Parish are looking for a 25-year-old female inmate who went to a jail church service and then escaped. Authorities say Veronica Ann Dubois, 25, escaped from a correctional facility in Simmesport around Saturday night. Dubois is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and 120 pounds,... more »
  • Judge calls off execution scheduled on Ash Wednesday

    February 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The execution for a Desoto Parish man convicted in the death of his stepson has been put on hold by a federal judge in Baton Rouge. U.S. District Judge James Brady ruled Thursday that state corrections officials have given Christopher Sepulvado too little information about the... 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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