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  • Fugitive sex offender arrested in Shreveport

    August 20, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Attorney General “Buddy” Caldwell’s office announced Thursday that a fugitive with a history of evading sex offender registration in Texas and Louisiana was captured in Shreveport. Agents with the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit captured Kentrell Debose, 27, Tuesday in Shreveport. Caldwell’s office said Debose... more »
  • Re-entry court will help young offenders avoid return to jail check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2014 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The incarceration rate in Louisiana is higher than any other state in the country. Judge Trudy M. White has been approved to begin a re-entry court through the 19th JDC aimed at changing that statistic. The re-entry court will look to solve the issue of young... more »
  • Sex Offender Fees to Raise

    August 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    SULPHUR - The city plans to raise its renewal fee for registered sex offenders from $60 to $200. Councilman Stuart Moss tells The American Press that the City Council's vote, expected in September, will affect sex offenders who are already living inside the city. It also will apply a one-time... more »
  • Hundreds to be stricken from La. sex registry

    June 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Hundreds of people who were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law will have their names removed from the state's sex offender registry following the settlement of a class-action lawsuit. U.S District Judge Martin Feldman on Tuesday... more »
  • NTSB recommends ignition locks for all DWI offenders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 11, 2012 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The National Transportation Safety Board recommends all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders. In the last three years, over 1,500 first time offenders in East Baton Rouge have been stopped for drunk driving. The offense is an automatic misdemeanor,... more »
  • Tangipahoa Sheriff rounds up non-compliant sex offenders

    May 16, 2012 10:51 AM

    HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Sheriff's deputies served arrest warrants for six sex offenders last Thursday, hoping to send a message to offenders to stay registered or face consequences. Authorities arrested Billy Joe Hart, 44; David Lee Beauchamp, 52; Kevin Lee Jarrell, 40; Kelcy Williams, 34; Zemmon Quillian, 54; and Sedrick... more »
  • Law banning sex offenders from social media thrown out check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor's administration plans to appeal a judge's decision to allow sex offenders back on social media websites like Facebook. Last week, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson threw out the recently-passed law banning registered sex offenders from social media sites. Jackson said the law went too... more »
  • Unregistered sex offender sentenced to 21 months in prison

    February 3, 2012 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The United States Department of Justice sent a strong message to unregistered sex offenders Friday by sentencing a convicted child pornographer who didn't register to 21 months in prison. Noel Carlson, 38, of Mesa, Arizona will be supervised for five years after release . In... more »
  • No ruling yet in bid to overturn Facebook ban

    November 2, 2011 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has called a law that bans certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites a "constitutionally problematic" statute. But Judge Brian Jackson didn't decide Wednesday whether to throw out the new law that took effect in August. Jackson heard arguments from... more »
  • ACLU challenges state law for sex offenders

    August 15, 2011 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As of today, sex offenders are no longer allowed to access social media website like Facebook, but the ACLU is suing the state claiming the law violates the First Amendment rights of sex offenders. In a statement the ACLU said, "For the government to ban access... more »
  • ACLU sues over limits on sex offenders' Web access

    August 15, 2011 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing to block enforcement of a new state law that limits sex offenders' access to social networking websites and other online forums. The federal suit filed Monday in Baton Rouge claims the law is overly broad and violates... more »
  • New laws impact abortion clinics, sex offenders

    August 14, 2011 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 230 new laws, from the arcane to the attention-grabbing, take effect Monday after being passed by legislators earlier this year. Among the changes, abortion clinics must post new signs about adoption options and child support. Certain sex offenders have to shut down their Facebook and... more »
  • New juvenile offender center slated for Bunkie

    July 23, 2011 11:24 AM

    BUNKIE, La.- A site in Avoyelles Parish has been selected for Louisiana's first therapeutic treatment center for youth. The state Office of Juvenile Justice says the $20 million center will be built in Bunkie. The secured facility is designed to handle juvenile offenders from southern and central Louisiana. ... more »
  • Committee approves a series of sentencing changes

    June 14, 2011 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved three House-backed bills to release low-risk offenders from prison early, moving them near final passage. The Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday approved a Baton Rouge lawmaker's bill to allow certain inmates above age 60 to be considered for parole. The bill,... more »
  • Franklin man accused of soliciting a minor online

    February 10, 2011 2:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Franklin man has been accused of indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Authorities arrested 42-year-old Darren Rawlins after a joint undercover investigation involving the AG’s High-Tech Crime Unit, State Police and the St. Mary Parish... more »

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