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  • Angola inmate recovers from West Nile Virus; prison officials taking preventative measures

    July 20, 2017 2:29 PM

    ANGOLA – An inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary has recovered from the first known case of West Nile Virus at the prison, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections confirmed. The inmate, who has not been identified and only described as middle-aged, was diagnosed with the... more »
  • Escaped inmate captured at Mississippi motel

    July 5, 2017 11:34 AM

    NATCHEZ - Authorities say they've captured a Louisiana inmate at a motel in Mississippi. The Natchez Democrat reports 30-year-old Curtis O. Scott was arrested Monday at a Red Carpet Inn along with a woman who wasn't charged. Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten says Scott and two other inmates... more »
  • Woman recalls terrifying encounter with WBR work release inmate Play Video

    June 29, 2017 11:36 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- A West Baton Rouge Parish work release inmate is under arrest Thursday morning in Iberville Parish, after investigators say he broke into a house and beat up a woman. The incident occurred around 9 a.m., according to Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne. Investigators said... more »
  • 12 indicted after deadly inmate attack in Tangipahoa Jail

    May 12, 2017 2:03 PM

    TANGIPAHOA PARISH – A Tangipahoa Parish grand jury indicted 12 people for beating an inmate to death. On January 30, 40-year-old Tommy Joe Smith, of Independence, was attacked and beaten to death by multiple inmates while he was in custody at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. The 12 people... more »
  • West Baton Rouge inmate captured after walking off job site Play Video

    April 26, 2017 2:26 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE – A West Baton Rouge work release inmate who walked off his job this week was captured Wednesday morning. The inmate, Michael Allen, was working at Fluker Farms when he walked off the job around 6 :30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the West Baton Rouge... more »
  • Texas executes man convicted of killing 2

    March 14, 2017 11:35 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas prison officials have executed a Fort Worth man condemned for killing a father and his 4-month-old son during a Christmas Eve rampage nearly 30 years ago that also left two other men shot to death. James Bigby was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday evening. He... more »
  • West Baton Rouge work release inmate captured in Oklahoma

    March 1, 2017 12:22 PM

    UPDATE: U.S. Marshals confirmed that David Graham was captured in Oklahoma Friday morning, two days after he escaped from West Baton Rouge Parish. BATON ROUGE- The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for another work release inmate that apparently walked off of a job site this... more »
  • WBR work release inmate captured after escape, car chase

    February 27, 2017 11:09 AM

    WEST BATON ROUGE – Authorities say a West Baton Rouge work release inmate is back in custody after an escape and car chase overnight. According to the sheriff's office, Rickey Lake, 34, went missing after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Lake did not appear for the 12:30 a.m. headcount and... more »
  • Man in custody after escaping from Plaquemine courthouse

    February 23, 2017 1:23 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A man briefly escaped custody at the Iberville Parish Courthouse in Plaquemine Thursday. Sheriff Brett Stassi tells WBRZ that Jammie Dennis was sentenced to 30 days in jail at court Thursday morning. As he was being escorted from the courthouse, Dennis broke away, climbed a fence and... more »
  • Elayn Hunt Correctional cadet booked with battery after punching inmate

    February 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An Elayn Hunt Correctional Center cadet has been booked on a battery charge after punching an inmate while on duty. St. Gabriel Police detectives booked 23-year-old Eric Lands with simple battery. After learning of the incident, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections notified... more »
  • Inmate dies after fight with cellmate at Mississippi prison

    February 19, 2017 1:49 PM

    WOODVILLE, Miss. - Authorities say a prison inmate has been killed after a fight with his cellmate. The Clarion-Ledger reports that 33-year-old Eric Heinz was pronounced dead shortly before noon Saturday after the fight at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. He had been found unresponsive on the floor of his... more »
  • UPDATE: WBR Work release inmate captured at Metairie parade Play Video

    February 17, 2017 12:13 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE – The West Baton Rouge work release inmate that escaped last week has been captured. WBR inmate Mertis Wade was captured last night around 8 p.m. at the Krewe of Caesar Parade in Metairie. When authorities ask Mertis why he left, he stated he wanted to... more »
  • Inmate killed just hours after being booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail

    January 31, 2017 10:32 AM

    AMITE - An inmate was killed in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail after being in custody for less than 12 hours. According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, jail staff responded to a disturbance between offenders late Monday night. Staff found an inmate in need of immediate medical attention and called for... more »
  • Two accused of raping inmate at Ascension Parish jail

    January 13, 2017 5:37 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the rape of a parish inmate that was reported on Thursday night. The inmate reported that he had been raped by another inmate on two separate occasions in the past week, officials say. Louisiana State Police detectives were asked to... more »
  • Inmate transferred following alleged beating by six Elayn Hunt officers

    January 13, 2017 4:02 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – An inmate who was allegedly beaten by six Elayn Hunt corrections officer has been transferred to another facility. The corrections officers were placed on administrative leave on Wednesday after an investigation began into the alleged battery of the inmate. The St. Gabriel Police Department and detectives... more »
  • Man accused in murder case gets 30 years for jail obscenity

    January 13, 2017 12:27 PM

    HOUMA - A man accused of helping a killer has been sentenced to 30 years for committing an obscene act in jail. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Maurice Banks of Houma was sentenced as a habitual offender. Defense attorney Tracy Schwab says he has appealed the sentence. He tells The Courier that... more »
  • Authorities investigating inmate death in Iberia Parish Jail

    January 3, 2017 9:05 PM

    NEW IBERIA - Investigators with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate at the Iberia Parish Jail. The 48-year-old inmate was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Authorities said deputies were called to Center St. and Admiral Doyle Dr.... more »
  • Round-the-clock federal manhunt underway for escaped inmate

    January 2, 2017 8:19 PM

    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. - A round-the-clock state and federal manhunt is underway for an inmate who escaped from a Rhode Island detention center. The Wyatt Correctional Center warden says 35-year-old former Army reservist James Morales fled Saturday by climbing a basketball hoop to reach a rooftop, cutting through a fence... more »
  • Former State Penitentiary corrections cadet booked for sexual misconduct with inmate

    December 30, 2016 7:53 PM

    WEST FELICIANA – West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's detectives booked a former Louisiana State Penitentiary Corrections Cadet for sexual misconduct with an inmate. The former cadet, 20-year-old Pernell J. Glover, Jr., was booked with malfeasance in office and sexual misconduct prohibited with persons in the custody and supervision of the... more »
  • Last of 6 inmates recaptured after Christmas jail break

    December 29, 2016 2:01 PM

    NEWPORT - Authorities in Tennessee say they have recaptured the sixth and final inmate who broke out of jail on Christmas Day. The Cocke County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets in a statement that 54-year-old David Frazier was arrested Wednesday in Forsyth County, Georgia. He's being held there and awaiting... more »
  • Angola prison magazine's inmate editor to be freed

    December 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    ANGOLA - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered to free from prison the inmate editor of a magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola. Media outlets report 60-year-old Kerry Myers was convicted of murder in 1990 for the fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home. Myers received... more »
  • Georgia executes man who killed father-in-law

    December 6, 2016 11:03 PM

    ATLANTA - Georgia has executed its ninth inmate this year, putting to death a man convicted of killing his father-in-law more than a quarter century ago. Authorities say 50-year-old William Sallie was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday after a lethal injection. Sallie was convicted of murder in the March... more »
  • EBRSO searching for missing work release inmate

    November 2, 2016 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for a work release inmate that walked away from his job site on Tuesday evening. According to EBRSO, the inmate is 51-year-old Michael Gambino, III. Gambino did not return from his work assignment Tuesday evening from the O'Neal Lane... more »
  • Deputies searching for 'improperly released' inmate in Lafayette

    October 26, 2016 3:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Lafayette Parish deputies are searching for an inmate who was ‘improperly released’ Wednesday afternoon. According to a KATC report, 29-year-old Joshua Simon was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans. He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. ... more »
  • Teen inmate died from apparent suicide in cell

    October 18, 2016 2:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a 15-year-old inmate died in an apparent suicide in his cell at the Orleans Parish Justice Center. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release a deputy found Jaquin Thomas unresponsive in his cell at 9:19 p.m. Monday. The sheriff's office says Thomas... more »
  • Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office: Inmate dies in custody

    September 26, 2016 9:06 PM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says an inmate has died while in custody at the parish jail in Amite. Authorities said Monday that 55-year-old Brady Williams, of Hammond, died Friday of unknown causes. Foul play is not suspected but the sheriff's office says a cause of death will... more »
  • Escaped inmate steals car from Lafayette dealership

    September 15, 2016 3:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Deputies in Lafayette Parish say an inmate who walked away from a housing unit Wednesday later stole a car from a car dealership Thursday has been arrested. According to a KATC report, Shane Paul Thomas has an extensive criminal history including drug and theft charges. After deputies... more »
  • Escaped Assumption inmate captured in Terrebonne Parish

    September 14, 2016 2:35 PM

    MORGAN CITY – Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Facon says an inmate who escaped from deputies earlier this week was captured in Terrebonne Parish Sunday evening. According to Leland, 44-year-old Drake Domangue escaped custody Wednesday morning while deputies were transporting him for mental health treatment. He was captured and booked... more »
  • Inmate's leg severed as car hits truck where he's standing

    September 6, 2016 9:33 PM

    SHANNON, Miss. - An inmate's leg was cut in half when he was standing behind a stopped garbage truck that was hit by a car. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the 21-year-old inmate was wearing a bright orange jumpsuit and helping collect garbage... more »
  • Typo leads to suspect's release In Lafourche Parish

    July 20, 2016 9:27 AM

    THIBODAUX - Authorities say a typographical error caused the release of an armed robbery suspect on a lower bond. The Daily Comet reports Lafourche sheriff's deputies took 24-year-old Brent LeBouef (luh-BUF'), of Houma, back into custody Monday. LeBouef was set for trial this week in state District Judge Christopher Boudreaux's... more »
  • Inmate on roof of building behind New Orleans courthouse

    July 5, 2016 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An Orleans Parish inmate apparently briefly escaped custody and made his way to the roof of a building behind the New Orleans Criminal Court Building before being recaptured. Television pictures from the scene Tuesday morning showed the inmate perched on a ledge, with his orange jail... more »
  • High court rejects La. inmate's death penalty challenge

    May 31, 2016 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is rejecting a Louisiana inmate's appeal to consider a nationwide ban on the death penalty. The justices on Tuesday turned away a challenge from death row inmate Lamondre Tucker. Tucker's appeal is the latest to challenge capital punishment as unconstitutional after Justice Stephen... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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