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  • $350 million bond could fund new DA office Play Video

    December 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mayor's pending proposal for a $350 million bond initiative would likely fund several aspects of public safety, including a new District Attorney's office. Currently the DA occupies a couple floors in the city's Governmental Building as well as an office near the courthouse and offices near... more »
  • Angola inmates making old-fashioned cane syrup Play Video

    November 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the second time in nearly 40 years. Angola inmates are making homemade cane syrup the old-fashioned way. The Angola sugar mill shut down in the 1970s, but the tradition started back up last year. ... more »
  • US releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay

    November 22, 2014 10:57 AM

    MIAMI - A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released as the U.S. continues attempts to whittle down the prison population at its base in Cuba. The Pentagon said Saturday that Muhammad al-Zahrani was sent to his homeland based on the... more »
  • Man gets 18 months for Subway cash register hacks

    November 21, 2014 5:13 PM

    BOSTON - A man who hacked into computerized cash registers at Subway sandwich shops and stole more than $40,000 in gift cards has been sentenced in Boston to 18 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns also sentenced 46-year-old Lake Elsinore, California, resident Shahin Abdollahi to two years of... more »
  • Sister of slain actress crusades against Manson

    November 18, 2014 6:18 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in prison. Her job got tougher with the news that Manson, now 80,... more »
  • Ferry captain gets 36 years in prison for crash

    November 11, 2014 2:00 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The captain of the South Korea ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, has been given 36 years in prison. The court said the captain was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster. He could have received a death sentence, although... more »
  • US says North Korea releases 2 detained Americans

    November 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials say two American citizens are on their way home from North Korea after their release from prison there. A spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Clapper is accompanying Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller on their journey back to the United States.... 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 »
  • OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court

    October 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    LAS VEGAS, NV - O.J. Simpson's appeal for release from a Nevada prison is now up to the state's Supreme Court. Simpson lawyers argue in a final brief to the Nevada high court that a lower court judge was wrong to deny the former football star a new trial in... more »
  • Man who shot pregnant wife to be sentenced next month Play Video

    October 19, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After two years, the man who shot his pregnant wife is being sentenced next month. Frank Atkins has been convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder. He is facing a life sentence and will go before the court one last time next... more »
  • State seeks to have judge end consent decree

    September 22, 2014 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials have asked a federal judge in New Orleans to lift a 2011 court settlement that was intended to help Louisiana inmates who are deemed incompetent to stand trial to receive faster placement at the state mental health facility in Jackson. Instead, officials say they languish... more »
  • Police: Escaped school shooter captured Play Video

    September 12, 2014 2:15 AM

    LIMA, OH - A teenager convicted of killing three Ohio high school students has been captured after escaping from prison, and two prisoners who fled with him are also back in custody. A spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says State Highway Patrol troopers found 19-year-old T.J. Lane... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans mayor reports to federal prison Play Video

    September 8, 2014 3:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has reported to a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, to begin serving a 10-year sentence. Nagin arrived at the facility shortly before noon Monday. New Orleans television stations showed images of Nagin hugging family members in a parking lot before he... more »
  • Jail worker suspended after illegal bails out of jail

    September 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office suspended a jail worker who erroneously allowed an illegal immigrant to bail out of jail. Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE agents. Gomez,... more »
  • Mistakenly released illegal with lengthy record wanted by deputies Play Video

    September 3, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies blame a clerical error for the reason an illegal immigrant was allowed to bail out of prison despite being wanted by federal immigration agents. Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE... more »
  • Psychiatrist sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    August 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »
  • Man gets 10 years in prison on drug, gun charges

    August 21, 2014 11:58 AM

    AMITE - A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to marijuana distribution and gun charges on Monday. In August 2013, Hammond police recorded Correy Marshall of Hammond selling six bags of marijuana to an undercover police officer and a confidential informant.... more »
  • Residents not worried about mentally-ill inmates 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 »
  • Newly released inmates get new suits

    July 20, 2014 6:45 PM

    JACKSON- A new program is offering inmates a a leg up for their reentry to society. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is having their 7th annual national suit drive. They partnered with Men's Warehouse and Refined by Fire Ministries. The goal is to prepare men... more »
  • Angola parenting event hosts Huckabee as speaker Play Video

    July 14, 2014 1:49 PM

    ANGOLA - More than 200 children got the chance to play games at Angola Monday with their locked-up loved ones. It's part of Angola's Returning Hearts program to promote positive parenting while aiming to keep kids out of trouble. Angola inmate Earl Davis says he only gets to see... more »
  • Sweet tooth leads to prison

    May 27, 2014 7:09 PM

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA- A self-declared chocolate addict who admits stealing two boxes of candy bars got a stiff sentence for being a candy junkie. Luis Augusto Mora got five months in one of Colombia's harshest prisons and the candy bars were worth just $8. The hard time caught the... more »
  • Obama win on Guantanamo prison may be short-lived

    May 23, 2014 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A Senate panel has approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter... more »
  • Angola prison rodeo hits half-century mark

    April 26, 2014 4:25 PM

    ANGOLA - They're often thrown like rag dolls or risk being gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in the spotlight of the rodeo, they are part of the world again. Some of Louisiana's most violent criminals are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the... more »
  • Tangipahoa Parish battling jail contraband 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 »
  • Prison time in Miss Teen USA extortion

    March 17, 2014 7:52 PM

    SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA- Its 18 months in federal prison for a 19-year-old computer hacker who tried to extort nude photos from Miss Teen USA and other young women. Jared Abrahams pleaded guilty to extortion and unauthorized access of a computer. He hacked into computers and was able to control... more »
  • Lil Boosie opens up in one-on-one interview Play Video

    March 10, 2014 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Less than a week after being released from the State Penitentiary at Angola, rapper Torrence Hatch, also known as "Lil Boosie", made his first public appearance Monday in New Orleans. Some of the rap industry's top entertainers were on hand, including Young Jeezy, Bun-B and Webbie.... more »
  • Inmates could get work release sooner 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 »
  • Savings not what expected for early prison release

    January 30, 2014 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Corrections isn't getting the savings it expected from a law allowing nonviolent drug offenders to leave prison early. A legislative budget analysis show $6 million in expected savings from the law that requires a drug treatment program for some to avoid prison and... more »
  • State committed to executing killer

    January 27, 2014 11:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state said Monday night, a planned execution remains on schedule, despite the inmate's attorney fighting to have it postponed because of questions surrounding the procedure used in the death penalty in Louisiana. A lawyer for Christopher Sepulvado, who was convicted of the beating and scalding death... more »
  • "Jihad Jane" prison time

    January 6, 2014 7:22 PM

    PHILADELPHIA- The woman known as "Jihad Jane" was sentenced to ten years in prison for a terror plot aimed at a cartoonist who offended Muslims. Colleen LaRose could have gotten a life sentence but the judge accepted a government request to reduce the term because of Larose's extensive cooperation... more »
  • Warden: guard stuffed bra to smuggle illegal items into prison

    December 24, 2013 4:26 PM

    ANGOLA- A guard at the state penitentiary is on the other side of the cell walls after she was arrested on smuggling charges. Investigators said Tuesday, LeAngela Handy was stuffing her bra with drugs and other illegal items and sneaking them into the prison. "She had her a... more »
  • Prisons work to give kids a Merry Christmas

    December 20, 2013 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Inmates at East Baton Rouge Prison earn time with their families for Christmas. Almost 30 inmates celebrated the holiday with their families at the Christmas Toy Give-a-way. Male and female inmates who graduated from programs like Second Chance 2 Recover, Reality Behind Bars, and Communities Committed... more »
  • Sentence given in Powerhouse Gym case

    December 19, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the two men who set up the defunct Powerhouse Gym has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. Matthew Bernard made an agreement with the U.S. Attorney to plead guilty to bank fraud charges. He admitted to falsifying documents in order to obtain... more »
  • Former inmate says sign language changed his life Play Video

    November 21, 2013 3:03 PM

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

    November 14, 2013 8:40 AM

    HOUSTON - The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates. It includes allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. The Harris... more »
  • Convicts looking for love in wrong places

    November 13, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State prison advisers are trying to figure out who is creating online profiles for inmates in the state prison system. Pictures and biographies have surfaced on a website where inmates solicit pen pals. Some are looking for love on meetaninmate.com. "The department strongly discourages people who... more »
  • Bombing suspect wants to lift prison restrictions

    November 12, 2013 8:14 AM

    BOSTON - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are headed to court to ask a judge to ease restrictions placed on him in prison as he awaits trial. Tsarnaev's lawyers argued in a motion filed last month that so-called "special administrative measures" are impairing their ability to... more »
  • Ex-officers who won new trial seek bond

    November 6, 2013 9:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two of the former New Orleans police officers who won a new trial in connection with deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina have asked a federal judge to release them from prison. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately rule on the separate requests for... more »
  • Slain guard's brother wants "Angola 3" in prison forever Play Video

    October 21, 2013 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The brother of security guard Brent Miller, stabbed to death at the state penitentiary, says his killers should stay in prison. Two of the "Angola 3," Herman Wallace and Robert King have been released for the death of Miller in 1972. Wallace died of cancer in... more »
  • Judge: inmate's rights were violated, calls for release

    October 1, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago. Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury... more »
  • Prison for man for burglary try at Kid Rock home

    September 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    PONTIAC, Mich.- A man accused of trying to break into musician Kid Rock's suburban Detroit home has been sentenced to at least 46 months in prison. Brian Keith's sentence Wednesday was enhanced because of his previous criminal record. He recently pleaded no contest to attempted home invasion, malicious destruction of... 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 »
  • Two Angola inmates have escaped, police in hot pursuit

    September 22, 2013 10:53 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 »
  • Charges upgraded in Angola gate crash

    September 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    ANGOLA - Sheriff's deputies upgraded charges today against the man accused of crashing into the Angola prison's main gates this weekend to include attempted murder. A judge set a bond for Floyd Tilliman at $225,000 today. Investigators said they added the charge because he also rammed his vehicle into... more »
  • Man, kids reported missing before ambushing Angola gates

    September 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    ANGOLA - Prison officials say guards opened fire on a vehicle with two children inside that crashed through the Angola State Penitentiary main entrance Sunday around 2:30 p.m. Officials say correctional officers saw a suspicious vehicle approaching and backing up multiple times. Investigators said the car was being driven... more »
  • That's no lie

    September 6, 2013 7:32 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA- It's no lie for a man who taught others how to beat a lie detector. He got eight months in prison for wire fraud and obstructing a government proceeding. Chad Dixon pleaded guilty in the case involving his business, Polygraph Consultants of America. Prosecutors say Dixon was paid... more »
  • Prison for former soldier for smuggling heroin

    September 4, 2013 7:38 PM

    WILMINGTON, DELAWARE- A former U.S. Army Captain who smuggled heroin got ten years in prison for bringing the drugs into the U.S. while working as a private contractor in Afghanistan. Saleem Akbar Sharif of South Carolina pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute. His lawyers... more »
  • Trevor Reese given life sentence in child's slaying

    August 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trevor Reese was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Reese had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 killing of 8-year-old Jackson Attuso. Attuso's throat was slashed on a recreational trail in West Feliciana Parish.... more »
  • Slidell businessman gets jail time for kickbacks

    August 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Slidell businessman who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a subcontractor on a military construction project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. Elton McCabe III pleaded guilty in May to a conspiracy charge. McCabe worked in Afghanistan for an American company... more »
  • Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

    August 21, 2013 9:41 AM

    FORT MEADE, Md. - A military judge has sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving a trove of military and diplomatic secrets to the website WikiLeaks. Manning was sentenced Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The judge convicted the 25-year-old soldier last month... more »
  • Warden apologizes after trying to cool death row

    August 6, 2013 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary has apologized to a federal judge for efforts to try to cool death row cells when independent temperature monitoring had been ordered. Burl Cain, warden at the Angola prison, said Tuesday that he made a mistake when he added temporary... 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 »
  • 25 police found guilty in Brazil prison killings

    August 3, 2013 10:29 AM

    SAO PAULO - A jury has found 25 Brazilian police officers guilty of killing 52 inmates during the 1992 riot at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison. Judge Rodrigo Tellini de Aguirre Camargo sentenced each of those convicted early Saturday to prison terms of 624 years, though no one can serve more... more »
  • Former governor Edwards' wife in labor

    July 31, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of former governor Edwin Edwards, Trina Scott Edwards, is in labor. The couple made the announcement on Trina's Facebook page earlier this afternoon, saying they were preparing to welcome Eli Edwards into the world. The two married shortly after Edwin Edwards was released... more »
  • Man accused of beating family could get life sentence Play Video

    July 12, 2013 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man accused of beating a family at a gas station could face a life sentence if he's convicted. Donald Dickerson was arrested in May for second-degree battery after police said he attacked a family of three at a gas station on Scenic Highway. Initial reports... more »
  • Louding sentenced to life in prison without parole

    July 9, 2013 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding to life in prison without parole today for the murder of Terry Boyd in 2009. Judge Trudy White called Louding a "cold-blooded hit man," and said he'd been "infected" by Torrence Hatch, the rapper known as Lil Boosie, and... more »
  • Angola guard tower headed to Smithsonian Play Video

    July 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    ANGOLA - A guard tower from Angola State Penitentiary will be removed this week and make its way to Washington D.C. to be displayed in a Smithsonian museum. The tower will be on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is currently... 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 »
  • Man gets prison for threatening district attorney

    June 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Baker man has been sentenced to two years in prison for threatening East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III during a rapper's murder trial last year. The Advocate reports that 22-year-old Dedrick Deandre Green didn't say anything before state District Judge Richard Anderson... more »
  • Jindal lessens jail time for some drug offenses

    June 21, 2013 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill that will let some nonviolent drug offenders out of prison early and keep others out of jail entirely if they complete an intensive drug treatment program. The shift to rehabilitation for low-risk offenders is estimated to save $6 million next... more »
  • The kids aren't all right

    June 19, 2013 7:50 PM

    LAWRENCE, KANSAS- Its off to prison for a man who bound and blind-folded two of his kids in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Adolfo Gomez got 30-months and two years probation for child abuse and endangerment. Gomez and his wife,Deborah, were arrested last year after police found two of their kids,... more »
  • Obama chooses lawyer as Guantanamo closure envoy

    June 16, 2013 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with an extensive government experience to be the State Department's new special envoy for closing down the prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Clifford Sloan is... more »
  • Updyke out of prison, possibly headed for La.

    June 11, 2013 10:36 PM

    OPELIKA, Ala.- Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned famous oak trees at Auburn University, was released from prison and is reportedly on his way to Louisiana. Updyke attacked the trees three years ago . He is banned from attending collegiate sporting events as part of his probation. ... more »
  • Federal lawsuit claims inmates face extreme heat

    June 10, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against the state alleging inhumane conditions for death row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Filed on behalf of three inmates, the lawsuit says the prisoners are forced to live in poorly-ventilated cells where average... 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 »
  • Murder suspect accidentally released

    June 7, 2013 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A murder suspect set for trial next month was released from Parish Prison Thursday because of a clerical error. He had surrendered to authorities by midday Friday. Cardale Green faces trial in July in the January 2011 killing of Derrick Casey on Gracie Street. He and another... more »
  • Feline offender

    June 3, 2013 7:38 PM

    MOSCOW- This may be the first time prisoners in one of Russia's jails used a cat to smuggle contraband. Guards patrolling Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in the northern part of Russia saw a cat on the fence that seemed to be carrying something. On... more »
  • Killer sentenced to 2 life terms plus 100 years

    May 24, 2013 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Feliciana Parish man was slapped with two life sentences plus 100 years for a particularly brutal murder in East Baton Rouge Parish. Dominique Smith was convicted in March and sentenced today for the murder of his former girlfriend, Jessica Palmer, 23, and her three... more »
  • Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison

    May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive has agreed to give up his right to an appeal and will be spared a potential death sentence. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies who were... more »
  • Investigation: appeal filed in case over man never serving sentence

    May 13, 2013 10:41 PM

    GONZALES- Prosecutors filed an appeal after they lost a hearing to have a man serve time for a crime he was convicted of nearly twenty years ago. Stanley White never served a sentence for killing an eleven-week-old in a crash. A mistake in the justice system has been blamed... more »
  • Tele-medicine service to increase for La. prisons Play Video

    May 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections plans to increase over the Internet diagnosis and treatment by nearly 600 percent. Corrections is rushing to sign a state contract to provide 17,000 annual tele-med check-ups to thousands of inmates. Deputy Secretary Thomas Bickham said the department was caught... more »
  • Teen arrested on drug charge during jail visit

    May 7, 2013 8:53 AM

    PEARL, Miss.- A Ridgeland teenager has been arrested at the Rankin County prison for allegedly having marijuana while attempting to visit his sister. The Clarion-Ledger reports the 17-year-old was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of marijuana. Investigators say he was initially detained after tobacco slipped out of his pants... more »
  • Ex-Jefferson Parish president reports to prison

    May 6, 2013 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has started serving a prison sentence of nearly four years for his role in a bribery plot and payroll fraud scheme. A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons said Broussard reported Monday to the low-security facility at a prison in... more »
  • Man sentenced to 25 years after no contest plea

    May 6, 2013 11:26 AM

    LIVINGSTON - 51-year-old David Lee Scott was sentenced to 25 years in prison for armed robbery and selling drugs, according to the district attorney's office in Livingston Parish. Scott pleaded no contest to the charges on April 29. In September 2012, Walker City Police say Scott entered a... more »
  • Victim's family calls suspended sentence "sickening"

    May 3, 2013 4:08 PM

    GONZALES - A man who pleaded guilty to killing a baby in a wreck nearly 20 years ago won't have to serve a day of his prison sentence, which the state never enforced. That decision was issued by Judge Jessie LeBlanc in Ascension Parish today. In court, she ruled... more »
  • LA incarcerated highest per capita in nation Play Video

    April 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of people in prisons in Louisiana is the highest per capita in the nation. It's costing taxpayers a lot of money, and today, state and local leaders met to address the problems this poses. Education and time spent in prison was the main... more »
  • New Orleans man sentenced in child porn case

    April 19, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 48-year-old man will serve a nine-year prison sentence for downloading photos depicting the sexual abuse of children. U.S. District Judge Nannette Brown on Thursday also ordered Myles Fitzgerald Guidry to spend the rest of his life under federal supervision after he is released. Acting U.S. Attorney... more »
  • La. man gets prison for plot to defraud BP

    April 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Covington businessman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a plot in which he fraudulently billed BP for roughly $1.4 million for use of a helicopter after the company's huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Bay Ingram, who owned Southeast Recovery... more »
  • Inmates did drugs, drank beer in Orleans Parish prison

    April 2, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Video showing inmates at the New Orleans jail apparently snorting drugs, drinking beer and in possession of at least one large handgun was shown Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court. The recordings, believed made by inmates, were aired during the second day of hearings on... more »
  • Updyke receives three years for Auburn tree poisoning

    March 22, 2013 9:26 PM

    OPELIKA, Ala. - The Alabama fan who poisoned the iconic Toomer's Corner oak trees at rival Auburn has been sentenced to three years in prison. Court filings Friday show that Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty to damaging an agricultural facility. The sentence requires him to serve at least six months... more »
  • Prison phone firms can seek exclusion from new ban

    March 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Public Service Commission is giving companies that provide phone service to Louisiana's prisons and local jails the ability to argue their case for continuing pricy surcharges on the calls. The five-member regulatory panel, which oversees telecommunications companies, unanimously agreed in December to cut the rates charged... more »
  • Gerald sentenced to 70 years in prison for DWI deaths

    March 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man convicted of killing seven people during a drunken crash in Slaughter received a decade in jail for each of their deaths today. A judge sentenced Brett Gerald to 70 years in prison, ten years for each count of vehicular homicide he faced, and pay... more »

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