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  • Plan in motion for OJ Simpson release as soon as Monday

    September 27, 2017 2:35 PM

    LAS VEGAS- A Nevada prisons official says a plan is in place for O.J. Simpson to be released on parole as early as Monday from a facility near Las Vegas. Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Wednesday the process and documents have not yet been finalized for... more »
  • WATCH: Suspect in killing of black men appeared before judge Play Video

    September 20, 2017 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The suspect accused of killing and shootings that seemed to have targeted African-Americans was meek as he appeared before a judge via closed-circuit TV for a bond hearing Wednesday. The video feed was obtained through a public records request by the WBRZ Investigative Unit. Gleason... more »
  • Four teenage attempted robbery victims arrested; allegedly lied to police

    September 13, 2017 5:42 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Four teenage attempted robbery victims were arrested after allegedly lying to police about details surrounding the incidents, according to Ponchatoula Police Department officials. Ponchatoula PD officials said they responded to a call from 18-year-old Nicholas Hanford of Ponchatoula, around 9:45 p.m. on August 18. Hanford allegedly told... more »
  • Maryland judge denies DC sniper's bid for new sentence

    August 16, 2017 3:09 PM

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - A man convicted of taking part as a teenager in deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area has lost a bid for a new sentence in Maryland. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg said in a ruling dated Tuesday that Lee Boyd Malvo's... more »
  • Iberville Parish Jail to close for two month renovation Play Video

    August 15, 2017 5:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Jail will close for a two month renovation of the facility's air conditioning system. According to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi, the HVAC swap will begin on Friday, August 18. Male inmates will be transferred to two state correctional facilities. Those who were... more »
  • Lawsuit: Louisiana prison won't provide public records

    August 15, 2017 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A civil rights organization says it's suing to get public records regarding inmates held apart from other prisoners at a lockup in Louisiana. The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center says the warden of the Allen Correctional Center in Kinder has failed to comply with a public... more »
  • 5 arrested after work program inmate found working for family business

    July 15, 2017 9:40 PM

    RACELAND - Deputies have arrested five people after it was discovered that a work program inmate had spent more than two months working for a family business instead of his assigned employer. According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, 36-year-old Anthony Gambino III had been reporting to his mother’s... more »
  • Baton Rouge man facing 400 counts of pornography involving juveniles

    July 7, 2017 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man is behind bars, charged with 400 counts of child pornography, according to the East Baton Rouge Police Department. EBRSO deputies say they executed a search warrant at the home of Michael Toups. During the search, deputies say they found 400 images of... more »
  • Polarizing right-wing writer sues over canceled book

    July 7, 2017 8:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a New York publishing company over a canceled book deal. Yiannopoulos resigned from the conservative website Breitbart News this year after comments he made about sexual relationships between boys and men. In video clips, he... more »
  • Texting suicide verdict to be announced Friday

    June 15, 2017 8:14 PM

    BOSTON - A judge has reached a verdict in the trial of a Massachusetts woman charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to kill himself. A court clerk said Judge Lawrence Moniz will announce his decision Friday in Bristol Juvenile Court in the trial... more »
  • Flood-damaged school burglarized Play Video

    May 18, 2017 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for thieves who stole from a school recovering from the August flood. Glen Oaks Park Elementary students have been attending the old Banks School since the flood. Last week, someone broke into the school and stole dozens of tablets and laptops. "Whoever's... more »
  • Governor: Deal reached on criminal justice revamp

    May 16, 2017 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced a compromise with prosecutors over a key set of bills he's pushing to decrease Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and save millions each year. The governor said Tuesday if the bills pass, he expects Louisiana's prison population could be reduced by 10... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution, sentenced to 15 years

    May 9, 2017 1:14 PM

    GONZALES – A Gonzales man will serve 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of cocaine distribution, according to the 23rd Judicial District of Louisiana. Derrick Clark, 31, pleaded guilty to distribution of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance and possession of cocaine. The guilty plea was... more »
  • Alabama governor resigns after plea deal

    April 10, 2017 5:55 PM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating state campaign finance law. The attorney general's office announced the resignation Monday with a plea deal. Bentley was addressing the media Monday afternoon at the Alabama Capitol. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey's announced that... more »
  • California murder suspect released after posting $35M bail

    April 6, 2017 5:40 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A Northern California woman accused of killing the father of her two children was released from jail after posting $35 million bail. Tiffany Li rushed out of the jail Thursday at about 1:45 p.m. with a bodyguard, wearing a baseball hat and a hood pulled tight around... more »
  • Inmate dies after stabbing at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

    March 30, 2017 10:41 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - An inmate at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center has died following a stabbing that occurred last Thursday. Officials say the inmate was brought to a hospital following a stabbing. A Department of Corrections spokesperson was unsure of the inmate's condition the past week, and went on... more »
  • Recent car burglaries drive concerns for New Roads residents Play Video

    March 29, 2017 10:53 PM

    NEW ROADS - Residents are asking police to crack down on car burglars, but officials say they are having a hard time keeping them locked up when they are caught. One resident told WBRZ her car was broken into in the Fairfield subdivision one week ago. She said she... more »
  • Man sentenced to life in prison for Denham Springs murder

    March 29, 2017 5:49 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was charged with a 2016 murder. According to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, 25-year-old Brian Allen was charged with killing 24-year-old Derick Stewart in a shooting off of Pete's Highway south of Hwy. 190... more »
  • Six hurt in crash involving prisoner transport bus

    March 27, 2017 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a Department of Corrections prisoner transport bus Monday. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 61 at New Rafe Mayer Road. Sources say six people were transported from the scene with minor injuries. ... more »
  • US prosecutors oppose easing jail conditions for El Chapo

    March 21, 2017 10:32 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are sparring over his tough jail conditions. The defense has asked a judge to order Guzman released from solitary confinement at a high-security Manhattan jail where he's been held since being brought to the United... more »
  • Sheriff: Woman tried to smuggle meth to inmate in Bible

    March 20, 2017 9:27 PM

    TUPELO, Miss. - Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail. A Mississippi sheriff says the jail's property officer noticed a bulge in the back cover of a Bible dropped off March 16 for an inmate convicted of methamphetamine trafficking. Lee... more »
  • Man sentenced for posting online threat against Obama

    March 16, 2017 9:57 PM

    BOSTON - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill the president of the United States. The U.S. Attorney's office says Andrew O'Keefe, of Mansfield, will be under supervised release for five years after being... more »
  • BRPD responding to shooting on Duchess Drive

    March 10, 2017 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are responding to a shooting on Duchess Drive. According to police, the shooting occurred around 7:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of Duchess Drive, near Windsor Drive. BRPD officials say one man was injured by gunfire. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this... more »
  • Sharper's lawyers: Plea terms not adequately explained

    March 10, 2017 8:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for disgraced former NFL star and admitted rapist Darren Sharper argue in an appeal that a judge did not adequately explain the consequences of a plea agreement resulting in his 18-year federal prison sentence. Their arguments were filed Friday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of... more »
  • Accused fraud contractor arrested by Walker Police Department

    February 23, 2017 9:47 PM

    WALKER - The contractor accused of fraud in Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes has been charged again by the Walker Police Department. Walker Police obtained a warrant for Matthew Morris' arrest on charges of residential contractor fraud, contractor misapplication of insurance payments, insurance fraud, and extortion. ... more »
  • South Carolina prison lockdown: 2 inmates attack 2 workers

    February 18, 2017 3:26 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Authorities say a maximum security prison in South Carolina has been placed on lockdown after two inmates attacked two prison employees. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe said the assault happened Friday at the Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia, the state capital. Sharpe says the two... more »
  • Huge Baton Rouge drug bust uncovers narcotics, gun, cash

    February 16, 2017 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has arrested two men after they uncovered large amounts of illegal substances, including drugs and a gun, from two separate apartments. According to deputies, 35-year-old Damar Xavier Coleman and 23-year-old Jules Morris were arrested Friday. Deputies say the two... more »
  • Ex-NFL receiver Meachem released from jail

    February 16, 2017 8:06 PM

    GRETNA - Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem has been released from jail after paying $100,000 in child support and alimony to his ex-wife. The payment represents just a quarter of the nearly $400,000 Meachem owed when he was ordered jailed by state District Judge Adrian Adams on... more »
  • Man initially held on $4 billion bond freed on reduced bond

    February 14, 2017 10:24 PM

    BELTON, Texas - A murder suspect who had been booked into a Central Texas jail with bond initially set at $4 billion bond has been released after he posted a reduced bond of $151,000. The Bell County Sheriff's Office says Antonio Marquis Willis of Killeen was released Monday afternoon. Bell... more »
  • Mississippi 'Back the Badge' bill passes House after emotional debate

    February 8, 2017 10:04 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has voted to triple the penalties for committing violence against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency responders. The 85-31 vote came Wednesday only after several black representatives talked about how they or their loved ones had been racially profiled or treated harshly by the... more »
  • Prosecutors drop charges for 3 arrested on Inauguration Day

    February 8, 2017 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Prosecutors have dropped felony rioting charges against three more people who were arrested after protesters broke windows and torched a limousine in Washington on Inauguration Day. That brings the total number of dropped cases to twelve. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia made the announcement... more »
  • 12 arrests made in murder of Tangipahoa inmate

    February 7, 2017 7:49 PM

    HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced multiple arrests were made in connection to the death of a Tangipahoa Parish Jail inmate that occurred on Jan. 30. According to Edwards, 40-year-old Tommy Joe Smith of Independence was killed less than 12 hours after being booked into the jail on... more »
  • Small fire extinguised at old Livingston Parish courthouse

    February 2, 2017 10:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Firefighters extinguished a small fire at the old Livigston Parish Courthouse Friday. Officials said they responded to calls about a fire at the building and smelled smoke when they first arrived on scene. Smoke inside the building set off the sprinkler system inside. The extent of... more »
  • Dad: drive-by victim was to join Army Reserves

    February 1, 2017 9:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The father of an 18-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting in front of a New Orleans high school says his son was in Tulane University's culinary catering program and was planning to join the Army Reserves. Lawrence Williams Jr. said Lawrence Williams IV had never been in... more »
  • Jury clears cops in 2014 park attack

    January 28, 2017 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A jury cleared three former Baton Rouge Police officers who were on trial for abuse of power. The trial related to the 2014 accusations by a woman who said an officer forced her to perform oral sex on him while two other officers acted as "look... more »
  • Thibodaux man arrested for child pornography

    January 26, 2017 10:45 AM

    TERREBONNE - A man has been arrested on 50 counts of child pornography following an investigation in which he was arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Police arrested 23-year-old Randy Himel of Thibodaux after his phone was seized and examined in relation to a different investigation. During the... more »
  • Ascension residents furious over Matassa trial delay Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:21 AM

    GONZALES - Frustrated residents met to discuss the lack of action taken against embattled Parish President Kenny Matassa. Matassa is accused of bribery , allegedly offering money to a man if he dropped out of a Gonzales council race. District Attorney Ricky Babin scheudled a grand jury for Matassa last... more »
  • Audit: Work on ex-Angola warden's homes may have broken law

    January 23, 2017 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A government audit has found that the former warden of Louisiana's largest prison may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds to renovate and furnish his homes. A report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office also details other potentially illegal transactions... more »
  • Supreme Court takes up suit over 2001 detention of Muslims

    January 14, 2017 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Ahmer Abbasi speaks softly as he describes the strip searches, the extra shoves, the curses that he endured in a federal jail in Brooklyn following the Sept. 11 attacks. Abbasi tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home in Karachi, Pakistan, that he doesn't "think... more »
  • Attorney: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

    January 13, 2017 7:59 PM

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile. In a motion filed Friday in a... 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 »
  • Group: New Orleans inmates held months after sentences end

    January 13, 2017 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans inmates held in a north Louisiana jail well past the time their sentences ended could be released as early as Friday. However, attorneys for inmate advocates say they believe there are others in the same predicament at the East Carroll Parish jail, where some... more »
  • Suspected rebels storm Philippine jail, 132 inmates escape

    January 3, 2017 10:26 PM

    KIDAPAWAN, Philippines - Philippine officials say more than 130 inmates have escaped in one of the largest jailbreaks in recent years after suspected Muslim rebels attacked a jail in the south of the country. Jail warden Superintendent Peter Bongat said Wednesday that a guard was killed and an inmate was... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 4 inmates sought after Christmas jailbreak

    December 26, 2016 1:18 PM

    NEWPORT - Authorities in Tennessee are searching for four inmates who broke out of jail on Christmas. Media reports quote the Cocke County Sheriff's Office as saying six inmates escaped from the jail early Sunday after removing a toilet from the wall and going through a hole behind it that... more »
  • Judge orders state to keep 3 death row inmates cool

    December 22, 2016 8:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered prison officials to continue using new measures for controlling dangerous heat levels for three medically vulnerable inmates on Louisiana's death row. He stopped short of requiring the installation of air conditioning - saying the low-tech remedies officials experimented with last summer... more »
  • Mother accused of putting son in refrigerator out of jail

    December 16, 2016 10:09 AM

    CHESTER - A South Carolina mother charged with killing her 4-day-old son by putting him in a refrigerator for three hours is out of jail after posting bond. The Herald of Rock Hill reported Angela Blackwell was released on bond and house arrest after a hearing Thursday. She is charged... more »
  • Man sues over arrest after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

    October 21, 2016 10:03 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company. The Orlando Sentinel reports Daniel Rushing filed a lawsuit last week, claiming negligence by the city and the kit's manufacturer.... more »
  • Vice-principal accused in murder will be fired; Bail bond agency helped post bond Play Video

    October 17, 2016 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A vice-principal facing murder charges used a bail bonding agency to secure enough money to bond out of jail Friday. Robert Marks is facing charges in the death of Lyntell Washington just after school year 2015-2016 ended for the summer. Marks and Washington both worked at... more »
  • Lawsuit: Transgender inmate raped at New Orleans' new jail

    September 21, 2016 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal lawsuit says a transgender inmate was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail. The lawsuit says the victim is a transgender woman arrested last September for failing to appear in court on a disturbing... more »
  • Comedian Katt Williams arrested again, booked into jail

    September 16, 2016 1:58 PM

    ATLANTA - Authorities say they've arrested Katt Williams again, the latest in a series of encounters the comedian has had with Georgia law officers. Fulton County Jail records show that Williams - whose real name is Micah Sierra Williams - was booked Thursday. Records show he was apprehended on a... more »
  • Judge orders jail for teen who allegedly impersonated doctor

    September 14, 2016 12:37 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH - A Florida judge has revoked the bail of a 19-year-old man accused of impersonating a doctor after he was arrested in Virginia on charges he tried to illegally buy a car. Circuit Judge Krista Marx revoked Malachi Love-Robinson's $26,000 bond Wednesday and ordered him jailed if... more »
  • Jailer fired over sexual harassment complaint

    September 6, 2016 1:51 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office jailer was fired following a sexual harassment complaint, WBRZ learned Tuesday. The department declined to release the former employee's name, but said an internal investigation was conducted and the jailer was released from their employment. The jailer touched another... more »
  • Louisiana judge to stop jailing defendants over fees

    June 28, 2016 12:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Louisiana judge and a civil rights group that accused him of running a debtors prison have reached a temporary agreement under which the judge will stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and stop assessing certain costs on defendants. The news came during a joint motion filed... more »
  • Lawsuit alleges Louisiana judge runs debtors' prison

    June 21, 2016 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Civil rights lawyers in Louisiana say a judge is running a modern-day debtors' prison by sending poor defendants to jail when they can't pay fines and charging them a questionable "extension fee" to avoid jail time. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit Tuesday against... more »
  • Man shot by police at Dallas airport out of hospital; jailed

    June 13, 2016 6:41 PM

    DALLAS - A Maryland man shot by a police officer outside a Dallas airport after a domestic disturbance is out of the hospital and in jail. Shawn Nicholas Diamond was booked into a Dallas County jail Sunday on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and assault-family violence with... more »
  • Man who drew BB gun at Capitol ordered to held in jail

    May 11, 2016 5:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - A man who drew a BB gun at a screening checkpoint at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in March made his first appearance in federal court and has been ordered held in jail. Larry Dawson appeared Wednesday in federal court in Washington and was ordered to be held... more »
  • House backs striking jail time from underage drinking law

    May 5, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Underage Louisianans caught with alcohol can face up to six months in jail under current state law, but that will soon change if lawmakers in the state House have their way. A bill from Rep. Franklin Foil, a Baton Rouge Republican, would remove that possibility for jail... more »
  • State supreme court justice: Public defender system going broke Play Video

    March 15, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the Louisiana Supreme Court told lawmakers the court is concerned about financing for the public defender system for the poor. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says public defenders in 33 of the state's 42 judicial districts have restricted services, and half of the offices... more »
  • Resignation adds to woes at New Orleans jail

    February 20, 2016 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An official hired to help with reforms at the violence-plagued New Orleans jail has resigned - the latest complication in court-ordered reform efforts. Carmen DeSadier's resignation was announced late Friday. She's the second chief of corrections for the jail to resign in the past year. Her departure... more »
  • Deadly fight in jail over a blanket; inmate charged with murder

    February 18, 2016 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A fight between inmates at the parish jail killed one man. In new information released Thursday morning, deputies said Tyrin Colbert,17, was strangled by Kermitrius Thomas,17, Wednesday evening. Colbert was found unresponsive in his cell during a routine check and was taken to the hospital where... more »
  • BRAF to release mental health plan Monday; effort to keep people out of jail

    February 17, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In less than a week, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said it will share plans for a proposed substance abuse and mental health treatment center in the city. Community and government leaders have said there is a mental health crisis in Baton Rouge for some time.... more »
  • Sheriff relents: will send state inmates out of Orleans jail

    January 29, 2016 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman says he'll soon ship nearly 200 Louisiana inmates back to state custody from the city's jail. Gusman was under fire from city officials and inmate advocates for housing state convicts while transferring local pre-trial inmates to a jail hours away near the... more »
  • Lawsuits seek to abolish county's bail bond system

    December 26, 2015 4:04 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A Washington D.C. legal aid center is seeking to abolish the country's so-called cash bail system, saying requiring criminal suspects to post bail or stay in jail pending trial treats poor defendants unfairly. The Equal Justice Under Law center has filed seven lawsuits across the country seeking... more »
  • WFSO to host 'Christmas with Dad'

    December 15, 2015 10:08 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office will hold their 'Christmas with Dad' event on Tuesday. The event gives every offender with children a chance to spend a few hours with them before the holidays. The event will be held at the West Feliciana Parish Detention Center from 10... more »
  • Officials of juvie jail plan to draft less confusing tax renewal

    December 9, 2015 10:12 PM

    ROBERT - Officials of the juvenile jail that handles care of incarcerated youth in three area parishes and New Orleans' North Shore hope to sell voters on a less confusing tax renewal. In November, voters in the area of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center denied a tax renewal... more »
  • Men accused of trying to get drugs into Avoyelles jail

    November 18, 2015 7:06 AM

    MARKSVILLE - State police have arrested two Opelousas men accused of trying to funnel drugs into the Avoyelles Correctional Center through work-release inmates. Officials at the state-run facility in Cottonport had contacted troopers on Friday about the attempt to get drugs and drug paraphernalia inside. In a news release, Master... more »
  • State law keeps officer accused of murder from bonding out of jail

    November 12, 2015 10:13 AM

    MARKSVILLE- The law enforcement officer accused of murdering a 6-year-old is likely to stay in jail Thursday due to problems with his bond paperwork, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff. On Wednesday the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned paperwork was ready for Norris Greenhouse to be released, after his family... more »
  • Pact means 5 in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit won't face jail

    November 5, 2015 2:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judges in New Orleans have agreed not to jail five people over their alleged failure to pay court fees. The agreement filed Thursday in federal court is the latest development in a lawsuit alleging that New Orleans judges preside over what amounts to an unconstitutional "debtors' prison."... more »
  • Vitter makes criminal sentencing an issue in governor's race

    November 3, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate David Vitter has made efforts to rework criminal sentencing laws a flashpoint in Louisiana's governor's race. Vitter is running a TV ad saying his Democratic opponent John Bel Edwards wants to release "dangerous thugs" from prison. He ties Edwards to President Barack Obama, who... more »
  • Pointe Coupee sheriff, police jury at odds over jail funding

    October 23, 2015 10:02 AM

    NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff is threatening legal action against the police jury if the parish doesn't fulfill its obligation to fund the operation of the parish jail. Bud Torres says he needs to free up the more than $1 million he's been forced to annually take from... more »
  • Judge: soaker hoses, awnings skewed temperature readings

    October 23, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge federal judge has ordered the state to pay nearly $50,000 in fees and costs incurred by attorneys for several death-row inmates who challenged their steaming hot living conditions. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson found that state corrections officials manipulated the court-ordered collection of temperature... more »
  • Orleans Parish officials try to resolve inmate transfer plan

    October 22, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Orleans Parish officials are trying to find a safe and effective way to transport inmates to court. Local media outlets are reporting that officials will discuss during a federal court hearing on Thursday how best to transport inmates from the new Orleans Parish Prison to Orleans Criminal Court.... more »
  • Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail on Oct. 20

    October 15, 2015 10:19 AM

    JOHANNESBURG- South Africa's Department of Corrections says a parole board has decided that Oscar Pistorius can be released from prison and moved to house arrest on Tuesday. The parole board made the decision Thursday after an initial decision to release the double-amputee runner in August was canceled. The Olympic runner... more »
  • Deputy accused of threats, slurs surrenders to warrant

    October 14, 2015 12:59 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Sheriff's Deputy Shane Lofton turned himself into jail today on a simple assault charge. The deputy was recently accused of using racial slurs against African Americans during a traffic stop last week. The simple assault charge stems from an unrelated altercation Lofton had... more »
  • New Orleans mayor, sheriff meeting over prisoner dispute

    October 9, 2015 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman had little to say after meeting in a federal judge's chambers to discuss their long-running differences over Gusman's management of the city's jail. Landrieu declined to comment after emerging from Friday's meeting. Gusman would say... more »
  • Pointe Coupee jail plans to implement monitoring system for juveniles

    October 7, 2015 7:50 AM

    POINTE COUPEE- The Pointe Coupee Parish jail is implementing a new system to save money on housing juvenile offenders. It will now use tracking devices to keep track of the non-violent juvenile offenders. The parish does not have the facilities or resources to house juveniles. They're currently spending about $180... more »
  • Fugitive's capture brings closure for victim's family Play Video

    October 2, 2015 7:45 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A shooting victim's family found closure Friday when his fugitive killer was captured in Atlanta. Molly Hardin is the aunt of Cordies Gales, the 31 year old man gunned down by Benjuiel Johnson in 2010. Hardin said she was "so excited" when she heard the news. Johnson... more »
  • Clerk jailed over gay marriage says pope encouraged her

    September 30, 2015 8:36 AM

    LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples says Pope Francis told her to stay strong when the two met briefly during his visit to the United States last week. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, didn't deny the encounter... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Parish struggles to finance the jail

    September 28, 2015 7:36 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - Pointe Coupee parish is under fire after an audit shows there's hole by almost a million dollars. "The tax that supports the actually jail is only bringing in a 192,000 dollars so the amount of prisoners that we're housing and the operations itself on the police... 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 »
  • St. Helena Parish upgrades jail Play Video

    September 16, 2015 6:22 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish is wrapping up upgrades to the parish jail this week. Money from a capital outlay grant was used to build a prisoner entry sally port which encloses inmates while they're being transported from the vehicle to the jail. St. Helena officials told News 2... more »
  • Colvin gets 15 years in courthouse cocaine conspiracy

    September 8, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced former court clerk William Colvin to 15 years in jail Tuesday for stealing cocaine from an evidence locker at the East Baton Rouge courthouse in order to sell it. Colvin pleaded guilty to malfeasance, cocaine possession, and obstruction of justice charges in... more »
  • Kentucky clerk released from jail

    September 8, 2015 12:47 PM

    GRAYSON, Ky. - The Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs has been released from jail, where she's was held since Thursday on a contempt of court charge. She emerged Tuesday afternoon to hundreds of supporters outside the jail. They sang "Amazing Grace"... more »

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