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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Judge orders defiant Kentucky clerk to jail

    September 3, 2015 1:15 PM

    ASHLAND, Ky. - A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis... more »
  • Inmates worked without pay for jail officials

    August 16, 2015 3:06 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former inmates at a Nashville jail say they worked without pay building cornhole games, plaques shaped like footballs, birdhouses and dog beds so that officials could sell them through their personal business. Former inmates Larry Stephney and Charles Brew say they were supposed to be tutors in... more »
  • Former deputy pleads guilty to helping inmate escape

    August 9, 2015 11:52 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE, La. - A former Avoyelles Parish sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 18 months for allowing an Assumption Parish prisoner to leave a jail transport van to buy drugs and the inmate didn't return. Court records show Michelle George of Moreauville pleaded guilty this week to counts of assisting... more »
  • Sandra Bland family sues Texas sheriff for information

    August 4, 2015 11:22 AM

    HOUSTON - The family of a black motorist who died while in custody says they've filed a lawsuit against a Texas sheriff's office and others because they still haven't received enough answers from authorities. The family of Sandra Bland held a news conference Tuesday in Houston announcing the wrongful... more »
  • Organizers to host Expungement event in Port Allen

    July 31, 2015 7:40 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Organizers are expecting a big crowd at the an expungement event this weekend. Rax Worldwide, a non profit organization will be helping people with arrests records get them clear for the second year in a row. "You can actually come, potentially get your record expunged... more »
  • Prosecutors say Sandra Bland's injuries consistent with suicide

    July 23, 2015 12:06 PM

    HEMPSTEAD - Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail. Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in... more »
  • Audit cites concerns about deficit in jail sales tax fund

    July 13, 2015 8:26 AM

    LIVINGSTON- A multimillion-dollar deficit in Livingston Parish's jail sales tax fund was among a handful of concerns independent accountants cited in the parish's 2014 audit. The audit also says the parish continues to struggle with keeping its priority road list updated, tracking permit revenue and estimating expenditures in its road... more »
  • Neighbors cautious after sex offender was busted again check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 10, 2015 10:08 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Neighbors are reflecting on their run-ins with a man who lived next door, wondering if they noticed anything unusual leading up to his arrest Friday on 500 counts of possession of child pornography and 50 counts of distribution of porn involving juveniles. Anthony Kurtz, 40, was apprehended... more »
  • Port Allen man accused in second murder-for-hire plot

    June 23, 2015 7:38 AM

    PORT ALLEN- A Port Allen man jailed on charges he hired a hit man to kill a Pointe Coupee couple is now accused of making a second attempt, this time from behind bars. Col. Richie Johnson, with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, says Tommy Joe Gioele allegedly asked... more »
  • 2 officers hurt at Mississippi jail under scrutiny

    June 16, 2015 8:54 AM

    RAYMOND, MS.- Hinds County authorities say two guards injured during a jail incident may have deliberately violated policy and procedures before a fight took place. The incident occurred June 11 at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. Hinds County Deputy Sheriff Chris Piccou says investigators are still looking at... more »
  • Waco shooting - biker protest

    June 7, 2015 6:45 PM

    WACO, Texas- Several hundred bikers have protested outside a courthouse in Waco over the continued jailing of more than 100 bikers, friends and family members three weeks after a deadly shootout at a restaurant. Bikers proclaimed their constitutional rights and held signs Sunday outside the McLennan County courthouse. The protest... more »
  • Governor's mansion butler seeks to reduce life sentence

    May 19, 2015 9:04 AM

    GONZALES- Harrison Cage, Gov. Bobby Jindal's personal butler and a longtime state prison trustee, is asking a state district judge to reduce his mandatory life sentence for a 1991 second-degree murder. During a hearing Monday in court in Ascension Parish, Cage asked Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District... more »
  • 'Well-dressed bandit' has extensive criminal background

    May 1, 2015 7:28 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The so-called "well-dressed bandit" was booked into West Baton Rouge parish jail on Friday morning. Michael West, 53, is accused of armed robbery and kidnapping at a gas station in Port Allen. He's also accused of another robbery in Baton Rouge that happened the very next... more »
  • New Health Crisis Center check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Behavioral healthcare issues continue to plague the capital city. Healthcare officials say crisis management in behavioral healthcare is missing. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is devising a plan to close the gap in behavioral healthcare with the development of a behavioral health crisis center. After working... more »
  • Egg executives get 3 months for salmonella outbreak

    April 13, 2015 3:14 PM

    SIOUX CITY, IA - Two former egg industry executives have been sentenced to three months in jail for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son Peter were sentenced Monday on shipping adulterated food charges. They will remain free while appealing... more »
  • Corrections officer accused of letting escapee buy drugs

    April 1, 2015 11:50 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Sheriff's investigators in Assumption Parish arrested an Avoyelles Parish corrections officer in connection with an inmate's escape last week, and said the officer let the inmate out to buy drugs at one point. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Officer Michelle George, 47, was charged with assisting escape, obstruction... more »
  • Family researchers explore link between jail, obesity check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2015 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Researchers at Southern University painted a grim picture of what black children face growing up in Louisiana at a family summit Friday. The researchers told people at The State of Families of Color in Louisiana that black children are more likely to die before adulthood than... more »
  • State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

    February 25, 2015 1:49 AM

    FAIRFAX, VA - A U.S. State Department official has been jailed on charges of soliciting a minor. Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell says 44-year-old Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon Tuesday and was in custody at the D.C. jail Tuesday night.... more »
  • Feds agree to delay Sharper's return to New Orleans

    February 6, 2015 6:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities have agreed to delay the transfer of former NFL star Darren Sharper from a Los Angeles jail to federal custody in New Orleans. Sharper faces state charges in California and Arizona, plus federal and state charges in Louisiana. The cases arise from allegations that he... more »
  • A new agreement filed on slow-moving Orleans jail reforms

    February 6, 2015 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The sheriff who runs New Orleans' notoriously dangerous jail has reached agreement with inmates' lawyers and federal attorneys to avoid a contempt citation over slow progress with jail reforms. The agreement was filed Friday in federal court and is subject to a judge's approval. It includes a... more »
  • Prison tour shows cell doors won't close check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After a proposed tax to build a new prison failed in the Metro Council, Warden Dennis Grimes is hoping to highlight problems that could spark change for his facility. The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison has beds for 1,594 inmates and is at full capacity. Parts of... more »
  • Opening of New Orleans jail delayed until April at earliest

    January 23, 2015 3:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It now looks as though the new $145 million jail in New Orleans won't open until April at the earliest. The opening is now well past the May 2014 opening date once projected. A federal judge overseeing a reform plan for the jail is doubtful that the... 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 »
  • WBR to consider boosting sales tax for sheriff

    December 20, 2014 7:55 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge residents could be handing over more money every time they make a purchase if they approve a half-cent sales tax headed to the March ballot. The tax hike would bring in about $3 million a year to benefit law enforcement. The proposed... more »
  • In jail, wife who hired hit on husband put on suicide watch

    November 21, 2014 10:44 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A wife, convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her husband, was put on suicide watch and placed in a padded cell, sources told WBRZ News 2 Friday. Monique Kitts and Karl Howard were found guilty Thursday evening in the death of Corey Kitts. Kitts was found... more »
  • Iowa man held after arrest near White House

    November 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Iowa man arrested in Washington after the Secret Service found a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House will stay in jail for now. A judge on Thursday ordered R.J. Kapheim, of Davenport, held until a Friday hearing. He has... more »
  • Vikings' Peterson avoids jail in plea agreement

    November 4, 2014 2:21 PM

    CONROE, Texas- Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his child abuse case. A judge agreed to the plea deal during a hearing Tuesday in Conroe, 40 miles north of Houston. Peterson was indicted in September for using a wooden switch to... more »
  • Murdered five year old laid to rest

    August 30, 2014 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - 5 year old Jay"v"une Bergin was laid to rest Saturday morning after allegedly being beaten to death by his father, Vernell Day. Day is facing attempted murder charges and a felon in possession of a firearm charge. But both sides of the child's family came... more »
  • Residents not worried about mentally-ill inmates check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - People who live near Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility aren't worried about a judge's ruling that will move inmates with mental illness from Orleans Parish Prison to the Iberville location. The ruling is part of a consent decree to create better living conditions and treatment for mentally... more »
  • Avoyelles escapees captured in Port Allen check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 29, 2014 5:58 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Two women out of Avoyelles Parish are now behind bars in West Baton Rouge. 28-year-old Lindsey Howell and 39-year-old Christie Theriot were on the run after escaping from Avoyelles Simmesport Women's Corrections Center. The women were taken into custody at a motel in Port Allen. ... more »
  • 'Sexting' assistant principal bonded out of jail

    July 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An assistant principal was bonded out of jail Tuesday night, after being accused of 'sexting' a student in Baton Rouge. Edwin Chastang, 42, told police he sent "sexually charged" messages to a 15-year-old girl who attended his school, Southeast Middle. He was arrested Tuesday night, charged with... more »
  • Lawyers huddle at federal court on jail reforms

    July 14, 2014 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the city of New Orleans, the New Orleans sheriff and inmates at the city's notoriously dangerous jail have been meeting for hours in federal court to discuss a plan to house mentally ill New Orleans prisoners at the state's Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.... more »
  • Officials: Transgender girl moved to male facility

    July 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Child protection officials say a transgender Connecticut girl who was moved from a women's prison to a psychiatric center for children has now been relocated to a center for delinquent boys after an assault. Officials said there is no "suitable place" in the juvenile psychiatric center and... more »
  • Parish to jail misdemeanor criminals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 2, 2014 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law passed in the session will allow courts to collect additional fees for bench warrants to help fund a misdemeanor jail in East Baton Rouge Parish. The law, sponsored by Dan Claitor, allows courts to collect an additional $50 or $25 at city court for bench... more »
  • Ex- lawmaker ordered to prison; seeks new trial

    May 22, 2014 3:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans City Council member and ex-state legislator - Renee Gill Pratt - has been ordered to report June 30 to start serving four years and two months in federal prison. Pratt had remained free while pursuing appeals of her 2011 conviction in a plot... more »
  • Inmates missing after Florida jail blast found

    May 1, 2014 3:53 AM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An official in Florida says three inmates who were missing after an apparent gas explosion at a jail have been located. Escambia County spokeswoman Kathleen Castro said Thursday the inmates were unaccounted for in the chaos after the explosion. She says they were missing as hundreds... more »
  • Sharper loses bid to be released on bail

    April 17, 2014 10:36 PM

    PHOENIX- Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge decided there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him. Sharper's lawyers had questioned the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in... more »
  • Tangipahoa Parish battling jail contraband check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 21, 2014 4:38 PM

    AMITE - Law enforcement in Tangipahoa Parish is on the lookout for someone leaving cell phones and drugs stashed behind the parish jail. Amite City Police got a tip Tuesday and found a stash of $7,000 worth of prison contraband along a jail fence. Officers found a pound of... more »
  • Inmates could get work release sooner check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Repeat offenders could get out of jail on work release six months earlier if a proposed bill passes through legislature this session. Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, pre-filed the bill that would allow eligible habitual offenders to enter work release a year before their sentence is... more »
  • Sheriff: "I have nothing to hide" after man dies in jail

    December 3, 2013 11:03 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A family has filed suit against the sheriff's office in West Baton Rouge after a family member died in custody. In court documents, the family of Ervin Edwards claim his death was unwarranted. Edwards died after being tazed following a disturbance last week. But, Sheriff Mike... more »
  • Jail time for starving a boy

    November 26, 2013 7:37 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA- A couple cut a deal for a reduced sentence for starving their adopted son. Mona and Russell Hauer pleaded guilty to neglect and she got 60 days while her husband got 30 days. He'll begin serving after his wife's sentence. Their son is now in foster... more »
  • Former inmate says sign language changed his life check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Plans for new home for Amite police going ahead

    October 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    AMITE - Plans for a new home for the Amite Police Department are moving forward. Mayor Buddy Bel says the town was waiting to see if the half-cent jail tax would pass before moving ahead on the renovation of an old state office building. Chief Jerry Trabona tells The Daily... more »
  • Leaders of fake ID distribution ring sentenced

    October 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    ATHENS, Ga.- The masterminds of a fake ID manufacturing and distribution ring have been ordered to serve jail time, participate in community service and pay a $5,000 fine. University of Georgia Student William Trosclair and former Gainesville State University student Tyler Andrew Ruby pleaded guilty last week to manufacturing false... more »
  • 6 students to serve jail time after school brawl

    October 9, 2013 2:03 PM

    OPELOUSAS- Six students arrested after a disturbance at Opelousas High School will begin serving a month in the Opelousas jail Thursday. Judge Vanessa Harris dropped charges against two students, saying they had tried to break up the fight. The six students - four 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds - will serve... 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 »
  • Police stay busy, book three for murder in one night

    September 18, 2013 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Homicide investigators cracked numerous cases and released details of arrests Wednesday. Three people were booked on murder-related charges. Isaac Carr is charged in the killing of Michael Williams. Williams was shot after an argument on Mohican-Prescott in 2011. Carr's relative, Delaney, was arrested for principal to... more »
  • Florida corrections official to run Orleans jail

    September 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish sheriff has hired the chief of corrections for Orange County, Fla., Michael Tidwell, to run New Orleans' only jail. A federal consent agreement requires Sheriff Marlin Gusman to hire a professional corrections administrator to bring the jail up to constitutional standards. The agreement in... more »
  • New facility to help New Orleans jail reform plan

    August 23, 2013 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a planned Sept. 30 hearing on jail reforms in New Orleans, while the city advances plans for a new building to hold inmates who should not be mixed with the general jail population. Those plans were outlined in court papers... more »
  • Suspect shot by police out of the hospital

    August 21, 2013 4:15 PM

    GONZALES - Police said a man shot after a confrontation with one of their officers this weekend is out of the hospital and on his way to jail. Sgt. Steven Nethken with Gonzales Police said Daniel West, 33, was being interviewed by their detectives and deputies from the Ascension... more »
  • Judge extends time to select jail reform monitor

    August 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman are asking a federal judge for more time to discuss selection of a monitor for planned reforms at the New Orleans jail. Those reforms are outlined in a court-approved agreement between Gusman and the U.S. Justice... more »
  • Parish leaders want voters to decide on sales tax for new jail

    August 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    AMITE - Parish leaders approved setting an election for a proposition to raise sales taxes to fund the construction of a new jail in Tangipahoa Parish. The current jail does not fit the needs of the parish, the sheriff said. He believes a lack of space is contributing to... more »
  • Expert: Would take years to fill needed jail posts

    August 6, 2013 1:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A prison expert says it would take years to fill all the positions needed to bring the current New Orleans jail complex up to its needed employee strength. That was the opinion expressed in federal court in New Orleans Tuesday by David Parrish, one of several experts... more »
  • Council approves property tax for juvie jail

    August 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Property taxes will likely increase in Ascension Parish to raise money for a new juvenile detention facility . Parish leaders approved the hike Thursday night. They are allowed to levy a one-mill tax for juvenile detention facilities without a public vote because of a law enacted by the... more »
  • Deputies: Teens burglarize Bayou Corne homes evacuated by owners check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 9, 2013 9:46 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Two teens got locked-up and the Assumption Parish Sheriff says they targeted the elderly. "These are two knuckleheads that really deserve to stay in jail a really long time," Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. "In this situation, neighbor should be looking out for neighbors but these neighbors... more »
  • Lafourche officials want library money for jail

    July 5, 2013 12:25 PM

    THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish officials say they may ask voters to decide whether taxes approved for the library system should go to a new jail instead. The Daily Comet reports that administrators and Parish Council members could have a proposal ready by the council's July 23 meeting. The cost for... more »
  • Prisoner escapes from St. Charles Parish jail

    July 2, 2013 12:37 PM

    KILLONA, La. - St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies say a prisoner has escaped from the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona. Deputies say 35-year-old Charles J. Conrad III was working in the kitchen at the jail when he climbed over a fence near a trash bin early Tuesday morning. He... more »
  • Ex-Livingston Parish president's sons still in jail

    June 30, 2013 4:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Ex-Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer's sons are still in Livingston Parish Prison after allegedly setting their step-mother's belongings on fire. The two sons will have a teleconference call with a judge to set the bail amount Monday. Until then they will remain in jail. The... 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 »
  • Orleans Parish sheriff testifies about jail finances

    June 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who runs New Orleans' notoriously violent jail has begun testimony in federal court on the lockup's finances. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday began going over ledger figures, hoping to make the case that he needs more money from the city to implement court... more »
  • Ascension considers youth detention tax check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 19, 2013 6:08 PM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council will introduce a proposal Thursday evening at their regular meeting which would levy a one mil tax on homeowners in parish to raise funds for a juvenile detention center. The tax would raise about $900,000 a year and cost about $25 for a home... more »
  • Error allows accused killer to leave jail

    June 7, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A mistake led to an accused killer getting out of jail when he was not supposed to be free. Cardale Green turned himself in Friday after being on the streets for a day. The district attorney's office said a court clerk mixed up paperwork with a... more »
  • Sex, drugs and contraband

    June 5, 2013 7:53 PM

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND- An unfolding scandal with allegations of sex, drugs and access to contraband cell phones surrounds a jail in downtown Baltimore. It has led to an indictment charging 25 prisoners, corrections officers and outside suppliers with a contraband conspiracy. The indictment says one prisoner impregnated four female corrections... more »
  • Court filing: New jail won't fix old problems

    May 24, 2013 12:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Inmates' lawyers and the U.S. Justice Department say the current design of a $145 million jail under construction in New Orleans won't meet requirements of a reform agreement signed by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. In papers filed Thursday at federal court, they say the facility lacks... more »
  • OJ Simpson heads to court to fight for freedom

    May 11, 2013 12:39 PM

    LAS VEGAS - The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity. His 1995 trial is the stuff of legends, the... more »
  • 14 charged in case of bizarre jail video

    May 10, 2013 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Indictments were filed Friday against 14 inmates in connection with videos showing prisoners brazenly using drugs, drinking beer and flashing a loaded gun in the New Orleans jail. The videos, made in June and July 2009, came to light in April during a federal court hearing on... more »
  • Public forum held to discuss police reform in NO

    April 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A public hearing in New Orleans is being held to determine the firm that will oversee the city's compliance with requirements in an agreement to reform the long-troubled police department. Monday's hearing comes even as the city tries to get out of the reform agreement it made... more »

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