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  • Last convict in mass school bus kidnapping seeks parole

    November 15, 2015 12:16 PM

    SACRAMENTO - The last of three men who kidnapped a school bus full of children 39 years ago in California is asking this week to be released from prison. Frederick Woods and two brothers, James and Richard Schoenfeld, were young men from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families who spent... more »
  • Albuquerque man sentenced for spraying children with semen loaded squirt gun

    November 14, 2015 4:42 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE - A man accused of spraying children with a squirt gun loaded with his semen will go to prison. Kevin Jaramillo pleaded no contest to charges stemming from two indictments, including child abuse without great bodily harm, criminal sexual contact and sexual exploitation, in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtroom... 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 »
  • Angola officials offer new plan to reduce heat on death row

    November 2, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three ailing condemned killers who claim Louisiana's death row is unbearably hot can look forward to a daily cool shower, personal ice chests and more fans. But state corrections officials say opening the death-row tier doors to let cooler air flow from the guard pod is a bad... more »
  • Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel today as Congress took the initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system. On a vote of 15-5, the Judiciary Committee approved a bill to give judges discretion to give... 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 »
  • Obama administration backs bill to reduce prison time

    October 19, 2015 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is signaling support for bipartisan Senate legislation that would reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that the bill is "a good step" toward striking a balance in sentencing such offenders.... more »
  • Johnson waives extradition after mistaken prison release

    October 5, 2015 12:35 PM

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Authorities said an inmate mistakenly released from prison and recaptured in Georgia chose not to fight extradition back to Louisiana. Benjuiel Johnson waived extradition in a hearing Saturday in Gwinnett County. Authorities will now begin the process of moving him back to Louisiana, where he will... 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 »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo coming in October check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2015 9:36 AM

    ANGOLA- The Angola Prison Rodeo is coming back to town for the month of October. The rodeo has become a staple in Louisiana, where people from all over the state travel to the prison to watch the inmates participate in various events. The nation’s longest-running prison rodeo features events like... more »
  • Man who vandalized Ole Miss statue gets 6 months in prison

    September 17, 2015 12:53 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A former University of Mississippi student who admitted helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to prison. A federal judge sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris on Thursday to six months in prison beginning Jan. 4, and 12 months' supervised release.... more »
  • Woman accepts plea deal in death of 1 man, wounding another

    September 17, 2015 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A 33-year-old Baton Rouge woman accused in 2012 of stealing a bicycle from a man she shot, riding several blocks and fatally shooting another man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted murder charges. In return, Tameka Johnson received a 28-year prison term. Johnson faced an automatic sentence... more »
  • Louisiana prison escapee found in Florida

    September 13, 2015 11:58 AM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Authorities have captured an inmate who escaped from Louisiana after a two-day manhunt that ended in the Florida Panhandle. A Bay County deputy saw Christopher Dale Stringer walking through the dunes near the beach along the Bay and Walton County line Saturday night. Authorities said... more »
  • Prison workers taken hostage by inmates in South Carolina

    September 6, 2015 2:16 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)- Authorities say inmates took two employees hostage at a maximum security state prison in South Carolina, but they were released without suffering serious injuries. Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said that the hostage situation lasted around six hours Saturday at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. Givens... more »
  • Judge formally sentences James Holmes to life

    August 26, 2015 12:57 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been formally sentenced to life in prison. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. had no other option after a split jury decided the sentence earlier this month. A death sentence required a unanimous jury verdict. Samour sentenced Holmes Wednesday after two days of... more »
  • Man who killed cousin gets 50 years in prison

    August 12, 2015 11:02 AM

    HOUMA - A 35-year-old Houma man convicted of manslaughter last December has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after being billed as a habitual offender. Authorities say Lashawn Smith shot his second cousin, 27-year-old Quincy Smith, in a dispute over drug money on Dec. 31, 2010. Quincy's body was... more »
  • Angola inmates ask for rehearing on death row heat case

    August 10, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State corrections officials complained last fall to a federal appellate court that a federal judge was micromanaging the state prison by ordering heat indexes on death row not top 88 degrees from April through October. Now, the three death-row inmates whose lawsuit against the state prompted Judge Brian... more »
  • Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

    July 13, 2015 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux. Both men... more »
  • Man found guilty of beating 82-year-old stepfather

    July 13, 2015 11:20 AM

    HOUMA- A 51-year-old Houma man faces up to 15 years in prison for beating up his 82-year-old stepfather who died about five months later. The Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office tells The Courier a six-person jury found Simon Fontenot guilty of aggravated second-degree battery Thursday. Fontenot was arrested on Nov.... more »
  • Michael Ellerbe Legacy Suit Drive check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 6, 2015 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The 8th Annual National Suit Drive is underway. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is partnering with Men's Wearhouse and Refined by Fire Ministries to help recently-released offenders find a job. Men's Wearhouse locations throughout the state are accepting donations of gently used and clean... more »
  • Florida man faces sentencing for having sex on the beach

    July 6, 2015 9:19 AM

    BRADENTON, FL.- A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families will soon learn how long he must spend in prison. Jose Caballero is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. He faces a possible 15 years in prison, but prosecutors say they will seek 2.5 years.... more »
  • Arizona prison to relocate 355 more prisoners

    July 5, 2015 7:31 PM

    KINGMAN, Ariz. - Arizona Department of Corrections officials are relocating more than 350 inmates following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman. Department spokesman Andrew Wilder said Sunday that about 355 inmates are being transferred to other facilities because of damage that was done to housing units the... 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 »
  • Opening of New Orleans Parish Prison postponed again

    June 9, 2015 8:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a new prison facility for Orleans Parish inmates will not open until mid-August at the earliest. Authorities said Monday there are complications with an electronic security system that controls everything from cell doors to videoconferencing. Officials say problems with the security system must be ironed... more »
  • Angola celebrates prisoner's achievements check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2015 6:56 PM

    ANGOLA - The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola did something this week they haven't for three years: hold a graduation celebration for nearly 400 inmates. Graduation ceremonies took place Tuesday and Thursday at the prison, with some prisoners receiving their GED and others getting certification in various fields. ... more »
  • Cancer scam woman goes to prison

    May 4, 2015 9:01 PM

    RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK- A woman who bilked people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin addiction is going to prison. Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty to various charges two-years ago and was sent to a drug rehab program instead of prison as prosecutors wanted. She failed out... more »
  • NY woman who ran cancer scam gets prison after failing rehab

    May 4, 2015 3:42 PM

    RIVERHEAD, NY - A suburban New York woman who scammed people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin habit is headed to prison. Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty in December 2013 to grand larceny, forgery and other charges. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to seven years.... more »
  • Prison for 4 DWI's in 2 days

    April 27, 2015 9:05 PM

    PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND- A man who was arrested 4 times in 48 hours for drunk driving got prison time. John Lourenco was sentenced to 2 years in prison and a $3,400 fine. He also has to attend alcohol counseling. Once he's released from prison, his license is suspended for... more »
  • NOPD: Prison inmate on the loose; slipped out of handcuffs

    April 19, 2015 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are searching for an man who managed to slip out of his handcuffs and flee Orleans Parish Prison's temporary intake center early Sunday morning. The man had been transported from University Hospital after receiving a cast on his right arm. After being... more »
  • Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

    March 25, 2015 2:48 PM

    FORT BRAGG, NC - The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban could face up to life in prison if convicted of both the charges he's facing. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with misbehavior before the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence... more »
  • Orleans sheriff investigates apparent suicide of inmate

    March 24, 2015 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent suicide of a 24-year-old inmate. In a news release, sheriff's office spokesman Philip Stelly says Ryan Miller was found Monday night in a holding cell with a telephone cord around his neck. Stelly says deputies immediately began CPR.... more »
  • Justice Kennedy: US prison system 'broken'

    March 23, 2015 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is telling Congress that American prisons rely too much on holding inmates in isolation and that the corrections system is "broken" in many respects. At a House committee hearing Monday to examine next year's Supreme Court budget, Kennedy told lawmakers that the... more »
  • TV host won't testify in Durst's hearing, magistrate says

    March 23, 2015 6:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A magistrate has ruled that prosecutor-turned-TV-host Jeanine Pirro will not testify in millionaire Robert Durst's hearing involving weapons charges. The 71-year-old Durst is in court Monday for a bond hearing. He's accused of killing a female friend in California 15 years ago and is being held in... more »
  • Durst could be most infamous inmate recently at St. Gabriel's Hunt check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2015 11:02 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - In a matter of days, eccentric millionaire and real estate heir Robert Durst went from a swanky Houston condo, to a ritzy New Orleans hotel on Canal Street to the Orleans Parish Prison and by Wednesday morning will have spent two nights in the mental ward of... more »
  • Job fair gives inmates necessary opportunities check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 11, 2015 6:45 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Close to 300 inmates got the chance to sit with possible future employers at a job fair at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The women met with various representatives from different organizations. Job training in drafting and design, welding, agriculture and many other programs are... more »
  • Wrongfully convicted man fighting for compensation from state check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2015 7:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A wrongfully convicted man is fighting for compensation he is owed from the state. Glenn Ford was exonerated of a crime he did not commit and released from Angola on March 11, 2014, just before sunset. He'd spent nearly 30 years on death row before a... more »
  • Prison escapee caught in drain pipe

    February 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    FRANKLINTON - Washington Parish deputies have caught an inmate who allegedly slipped out of shackles and jumped from a sheriff's vehicle after a hospital visit. Mike Haley of the sheriff's office says 39-year-old, Kaunda Lopaz Magee, was found Sunday in a drainage pipe near Franklinton. He says Magee was still... more »
  • Man in murder-for-hire plot too high of a risk, to let out on bond check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2015 6:30 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A man, accused of hiring a hit-man to kill a Port Allen couple over a soured business deal, won't be getting out from behind bars in West Baton Rouge Parish anytime soon. Prosecutors say Tommy Gioele is too high a risk to be let out of... more »
  • 'Angola 3' inmate wins another round at appeals court

    February 4, 2015 2:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - One of the state prisoners known as the "Angola Three" has won another round in court as he fights charges arising from the 1972 stabbing death of a prison guard. Albert Woodfox's conviction in that death had been overturned by a federal district judge. That judge's decision... 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 »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »
  • Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

    January 28, 2015 1:38 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque following... more »
  • Convicted child killer released from jail

    January 22, 2015 11:56 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Corrections officials released a Louisiana man overnight who confessed to killing an 11-year-old Natchitoches girl in 1990 after he served only half his 50-year sentence. KTBS reports Phillip Deselle was released from the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer Wednesday night. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in... more »
  • Top military officer says Gitmo creates 'psychological scar'

    January 11, 2015 6:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Count the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it's in the national interest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Gen. Martin Dempsey says the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should... more »
  • $350 million bond could fund new DA office check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 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 »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 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 »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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