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  • Newly hired officer fired from Elayn Hunt prison

    February 21, 2017 7:51 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Officials say a newly hired officer at a Louisiana prison is being fired after allegedly hitting an inmate. A prison system spokesman says 23-year-old corrections cadet Eric Lands is charged with simple battery. Prison spokesman Ken Pastorick says a surveillance camera and several witnesses saw Lands repeatedly... more »
  • Ex-Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

    February 20, 2017 8:37 PM

    DALLAS - A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries. The decision came Monday, almost a week after the Dallas County jury convicted 44-year-old Christopher Duntsch of first-degree felony injury to an elderly... more »
  • South Carolina prison lockdown: 2 inmates attack 2 workers

    February 18, 2017 3:26 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Authorities say a maximum security prison in South Carolina has been placed on lockdown after two inmates attacked two prison employees. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe said the assault happened Friday at the Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia, the state capital. Sharpe says the two... more »
  • Man becomes lawyer after unjustly imprisoned for 7 years

    February 15, 2017 5:50 PM

    MADISON, Wis. - A man who spent seven years in prison for a Wisconsin rape before he was cleared is now an attorney trying to clear another man of the same crime. Jarrett Adams was 17 in 1998 when a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student accused him and two friends of... more »
  • Florida man charged with faking his death gets 14 years

    February 1, 2017 6:19 PM

    JACKSONVILLE - A Florida businessman who faked his own death to defraud insurance companies has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The Florida Times-Union reports that 63-year-old Jose Lantigua was sentenced Wednesday in Jacksonville after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft and other charges. The former owner... more »
  • Inmates take hostages at Delaware correctional center

    February 1, 2017 4:17 PM

    DOVER, Del. - Delaware prisons have been put on lockdown following a reported hostage taking at the state's maximum security facility. The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware said in an email on Saturday that guards at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center were removing dinner trays when an inmate threatened... more »
  • Inmate killed just hours after being booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail

    January 31, 2017 10:32 AM

    AMITE - An inmate was killed in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail after being in custody for less than 12 hours. According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, jail staff responded to a disturbance between offenders late Monday night. Staff found an inmate in need of immediate medical attention and called for... more »
  • Earnings sought from album rapper allegedly made behind bars Play Video

    January 26, 2017 1:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of a botched nightclub shooting are asking a judge to seize the earnings from an album that officials say rapper C-Murder recorded and released while in prison. The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, was convicted of attempted murder after a malfunctioning handgun prevented him... more »
  • Audit: Work on ex-Angola warden's homes may have broken law

    January 23, 2017 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A government audit has found that the former warden of Louisiana's largest prison may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds to renovate and furnish his homes. A report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office also details other potentially illegal transactions... more »
  • Man accused in murder case gets 30 years for jail obscenity

    January 13, 2017 12:27 PM

    HOUMA - A man accused of helping a killer has been sentenced to 30 years for committing an obscene act in jail. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Maurice Banks of Houma was sentenced as a habitual offender. Defense attorney Tracy Schwab says he has appealed the sentence. He tells The Courier that... more »
  • Group: New Orleans inmates held months after sentences end

    January 13, 2017 10:26 AM

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

    January 9, 2017 1:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit accuses Louisiana prison officials of retaliating against an inmate for corresponding with a reporter whose newspaper published a series of stories critical of the state's corrections department. Monday's lawsuit says prison officials transferred William Kissinger from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and placed him... more »
  • Manson back at Central California prison after hospital stay

    January 7, 2017 7:27 PM

    BAKERSFIELD - Charles Manson is back in a California prison after a hospital stay for an unspecified medical problem. State corrections department spokesman Jeffrey Callison says Saturday that Manson is at Corcoran State Prison in Central California. In an email, Callison adds that the department has never stated Manson ever... more »
  • Judge orders state to keep 3 death row inmates cool

    December 23, 2016 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered prison officials to continue using new measures for controlling dangerous heat levels for three medically vulnerable inmates on Louisiana's death row. He stopped short of requiring the installation of air conditioning - saying the low-tech remedies officials experimented with last summer... more »
  • Angola prison magazine's inmate editor to be freed

    December 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    ANGOLA - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered to free from prison the inmate editor of a magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola. Media outlets report 60-year-old Kerry Myers was convicted of murder in 1990 for the fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home. Myers received... more »
  • Judge orders state to keep 3 death row inmates cool

    December 22, 2016 8:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered prison officials to continue using new measures for controlling dangerous heat levels for three medically vulnerable inmates on Louisiana's death row. He stopped short of requiring the installation of air conditioning - saying the low-tech remedies officials experimented with last summer... more »
  • College financial aid officer stole $22K from students

    December 19, 2016 12:55 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Federal prosecutors say a 43-year-old Alexandria woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from students at a private college. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Makquel Gailes also must pay $22,700 restitution. Finley says Gailes was a financial aid officer at Unitech... more »
  • Costs top $500,000 in case of man whose son died in hot car

    December 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    ATLANTA - Documents show that the cost of sending a Georgia man to prison for life after his son died in a hot car outside Atlanta is estimated to be about $550,000. A judge this month sentenced 36-year-old Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without the possibility of parole.... more »
  • Man convicted in son's hot-car death gets life, no parole

    December 5, 2016 3:33 PM

    MARIETTA - A Georgia man convicted of murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his... more »
  • East Baton Rouge prison to get private health care company

    November 23, 2016 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A private company will start running the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison's health care operations next year. The Advocate reports the possibility of privatizing the prison's medical operations has been on the table for months now, but a group of prison health care workers helped to stall... more »
  • Court stops 'Making a Murderer' inmate's release

    November 17, 2016 1:53 PM

    MADISON, Wis. - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned. Brendan Dassey was convicted in 2007 of raping and killing Teresa Halbach and sentenced to life in prison.... more »
  • Baton Rouge man sentenced on child porn convictions

    October 27, 2016 10:02 AM

    GONZALES - A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man who had faced 251 counts of child pornography possession has been given a five-year prison sentence after a recent guilty plea. Phillip Rome pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography possession and was given two 10-year prison sentences with five years... more »
  • Former Angola employees charged with felony theft

    October 26, 2016 5:00 PM

    ANGOLA – Two former Angola prison employees were charged with felony theft after deputies say they stole $160,000 from fund meant to benefit employees. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Shirley Whittington and 51-year-old Deborah Leonard turned themselves into authorities Wednesday afternoon. Both women were held at... more »
  • Former Amedisys officer sentenced for wire fraud

    October 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors say a former vice president for the health services company Amedisys has been sentenced to four years in prison for a wire fraud scheme that put more than $7.6 million of the company's money in his personal bank accounts. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo every Sunday in October

    October 6, 2016 10:25 AM

    ANGOLA, La. - The Angola Prison Rodeo kicked off Sunday and continues every Sunday in October at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Proceeds cover rodeo expenses, help to develop arena facilities and supplement the Inmate Welfare Fund, which provides inmate educational supplies. The event is a professionally produced rodeo with contracted... more »
  • Prison guard arrested for allegedly bringing in contraband

    September 26, 2016 10:44 PM

    COLUMBIA, Miss. - A guard at the Marion-Walthall Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia has been arrested for allegedly bringing contraband into the prison. Authorities say 22-year-old Cedeterius Jackson was arrested late Thursday on a charge of introduction of an electronic device into a correctional facility. Maj. Zack Guidroz tells WDAM-TV... more »
  • Al Capone letter written in prison shows mobster's soft side

    September 23, 2016 12:10 PM

    BOSTON - Did notorious gangster Al Capone have a soft spot? An intimate letter he penned from prison suggests the ruthless racketeer could handle tenderness almost as skillfully as his Tommy Gun. The three-page letter is being auctioned off next week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it's expected to fetch around... more »
  • Federal judge sentences man in embezzlement case

    September 21, 2016 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal prosecutor says a former executive of a shuttered Gonzales-based chain of Popeyes chicken restaurants will spend nearly four years in prison for embezzling funds from the business. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release Tuesday Judge John deGravelles ordered 46-year-old William Ros to... more »
  • Man sentenced to life in rape of 6-year-old

    September 20, 2016 11:57 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A Caddo Parish man who represented himself on charges he raped a 6-year-old child in 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison. 36-year-old Anthony Larkins heard the sentence imposed on him Monday by District Judge Katherine Dorroh, who on Sept. 8 found Larkins guilty in a ruling... more »
  • Snowden: Long prison term for me would erode democracy in US

    September 14, 2016 12:46 PM

    NEW YORK - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says it would "chill speech" and "erode the quality of our democracy" if he serves a long prison term in the U.S. Snowden spoke by video at a New York news conference Wednesday. Advocates, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International,... more »
  • Louisiana man sentenced to 5 years in fatal beating of dog

    September 13, 2016 9:06 AM

    GONZALES - A Louisiana judge has sentenced a man to five years in prison for beating his dog to death with a baseball bat. District Judge Jason Verdigets sentenced Jamari Jackson of Prairieville on Monday. Jackson had faced up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies... more »
  • Judge to ex-NFL star Darren Sharper: can't ignore damage

    August 18, 2016 7:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge who more than doubled former NFL star Darren Sharper's prison sentence told him that courts cannot ignore the damage he inflicted on women and on society at large. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo (TREESH mil-AH-zoh) had rejected a multistate plea agreement's 9-year sentence... more »
  • Judge hears of possible solutions to heat at Angola

    August 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money to fight a lawsuit that claims three death row inmates are exposed to dangerous heat levels in their cells. After more than three years of litigation, prison officials may have finally found a low-tech... more »
  • Smothers' murderer given life in prison instead of death penalty Play Video

    July 20, 2016 7:34 PM

    Baton Rouge - The legal maneuvering of the past 23 years has ended as 19th District Judge Richard Anderson complied with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling and re-sentenced convicted murderer Kevan Brumfield to life at Angola Prison. Brumfield was found guilty by a jury in 1995 for his part... more »
  • Woman sentenced to 16 years in sex trafficking case

    June 30, 2016 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – U.S. Attorneys say a Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to 16 years in prison for trafficking a minor for sex. Last year, a federal grand jury indicted 37-year-old Kellie M. Dominique with sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, obstruction of justice... more »
  • US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal

    June 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt. A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in February... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to dancer's death, dismemberment

    June 20, 2016 11:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the stabbing death of a Bourbon Street dancer whose dismembered body washed up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Margaret Sanchez, of Metairie, entered a guilty plea Monday, one year and one day after her ex-boyfriend,... more »
  • Man sentenced to 45 years in prison for car wash burglaries

    June 16, 2016 6:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A man responsible for several Ascension Parish car wash burglaries last year was sentenced today to 45 years in prison, according to the District Attorney's office. Hubert Bourgeois, 53, was sentenced after several similar burglaries of car washes in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes last year.... more »
  • Family: Shooting victim recently had sentence commuted by President Obama

    June 5, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family of a man who recently had his sentence commuted by the president have confirmed to News 2 that he is the surviving victim of a shooting on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge Saturday. Boo Milton's father told The Investigative Unit his son was shot... more »
  • Feds: Opelousas hacker sentenced to 1 year in prison

    May 26, 2016 11:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Federal prosecutors say a 29-year-old Opelousas computer hacker has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing money, hacking computers and trying to sell information on a hacking forum. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Rory Stephen Guidry was sentenced on... more »
  • GOP governors ask FCC to address illegal prison cellphones

    May 24, 2016 10:19 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is among 10 Republican governors urging the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy in combatting cellphone use by inmates who have them illegally in prison. Haley on Monday wrote to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler encouraging him to give states... more »
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    May 20, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may insist on air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. U.S. District... more »
  • Livingston man sentenced to 12 years for juvenile sex offenses

    May 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish District Attorney says a Livingston man will serve 12 years in prison without parole for a range of juvenile sex offenses. 35-year-old Tony Willbanks, of Livingston, was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile, video voyeurism, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and... more »
  • Louisiana officials shelve plans to open new juvenile prison

    May 10, 2016 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to open a new juvenile prison in Avoyelles Parish have been put on hold amid a state budget crisis that is expected to squeeze the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. State officials are closing dormitories at juvenile detention centers in Jefferson Parish and Monroe ahead... more »
  • 4-year sentence for man in diet pill scam

    May 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors say a Florida man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for illegally selling diet pills that were mislabeled as "all natural" diet supplements. A news release from U.S. Attorney Walt Green in Baton Rouge says 52-year-old John Wesley Hoag of... more »
  • Lawmakers halt reworked wrongful conviction payout bill

    May 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee halted a Shreveport lawmaker's bid to relax the legal definition under which a person wrongfully convicted of murder in Louisiana could receive state compensation. The panel struggled with the proposal to rework the definition of "factual innocence" in current compensation law. Those against... more »
  • House rejects bill to ease voting restrictions for felons

    April 28, 2016 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to give felons the right to vote as soon as they exit prison. Rep. Pat Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, proposed to let convicted felons register to vote while they are on parole, probation or suspended sentences - but out... more »
  • Judge asked to reconsider 50 year sentence on heroin charge

    April 28, 2016 9:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 32-year-old Baker man is asking a Baton Rouge state judge to reconsider the 50-year prison term he dealt him last month for attempting to sell heroin. Kedric J. Williams must serve the maximum term for possession with intent to distribute heroin without benefit of parole. District... more »
  • Re-entry bills part of bipartisan push for prison overhaul

    April 1, 2016 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators and advocates are spearheading a bipartisan push to lower Louisiana's leading incarceration rate. Baton Rouge Reps. Patricia Smith, a Democrat, and Rick Edmonds, a Republican, say they are confident legislators across the political spectrum will support their efforts to lower recidivism. Three proposals aimed at... more »
  • Officers plead guilty in roles of inmate beating

    February 24, 2016 8:16 AM

    NEW IBERIA- Three former and two current employees of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office have pleaded guilty to their roles in the beating of an inmate at an Iberia Parish jail. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that 46-year-old Robert E. Burns, 34-year-old Byron Benjamin Lassalle, 40-year-old Wade Bergeron, 35-year-old... more »
  • Lawyer: Last of 'Angola Three' inmates released

    February 19, 2016 2:21 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The last of the "Angola Three" inmates still behind bars has been released after more than four decades in prison. Albert Woodfox was released Friday after pleading no contest to manslaughter and aggravated burglary in the 1972 death of a prison guard. Woodfox and two... more »
  • Former New Orleans juvenile judge avoids prison

    February 18, 2016 6:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, convicted in November of falsifying campaign documents, has avoided prison time. Ad hoc Judge Michael Kirby sentenced King Thursday to two years of inactive probation and ordered her to pay court costs and a $1,000 fine. Kirby... more »
  • BRAF to release mental health plan Monday; effort to keep people out of jail

    February 17, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In less than a week, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said it will share plans for a proposed substance abuse and mental health treatment center in the city. Community and government leaders have said there is a mental health crisis in Baton Rouge for some time.... more »
  • Violent felon gets 7.5 years in prison for firearm possession

    February 5, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice announced a man has been sentenced to more than 7 years behind bars as a result of possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon. 58-year-old Nairie Chaney, of Baton Rouge, was arrested during a traffic stop on June 30, 2014. Baton... more »
  • Advocates to push for 'ban the box' policy in Alabama

    January 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama lawmaker and an advocacy group are planning to push state lawmakers in the upcoming session to discuss "ban the box" policies, which are meant to give ex-criminals a better chance of finding stable employment. According to the advocacy group National Employment Law Project, 19 states... more »
  • Rethinking solitary: National prisons group pushes changes

    January 16, 2016 11:29 AM

    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - A national prisons group is proposing an easing of solitary confinement rules as several states adopt less harsh approaches to punishing inmates. Jim Gondles is executive director of the American Correctional Association. He says inmates are already being deprived of liberties by being in prison and... more »
  • Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison

    January 13, 2016 2:57 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California prison officials say former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his prison cell, and they suspect suicide. Officials say guards at Kern Valley State Prison found the 40-year-old Phillips unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight Wednesday. He was pronounced dead... more »
  • Inmates celebrate the holidays with their kids Play Video

    December 15, 2015 12:05 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People behind bars in West Feliciana Parish received some early Christmas cheer Tuesday. Montreal Floyd is a father of six, but on Tuesday he got to see two of his children. This will be the first Christmas without his kids. "When you're use to being around them,... more »
  • City, sheriff get more time to discuss Orleans jail issues

    December 12, 2015 4:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given attorneys for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman more time to come up with a plan for long-term housing of mentally ill inmates. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's order on Friday approved a deadline extension requested by... more »
  • Jury convicts Oklahoma ex-cop of rape, sex abuse

    December 11, 2015 5:31 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- A jury has convicted a former Oklahoma City police officer of first-degree rape related to allegations that he assaulted or victimized 13 women on his beat. Daniel Holtzclaw faces a possible sentence of life in prison after being convicted Thursday. The 29-year-old Holtzclaw was accused of preying... more »
  • Transition plans for Angola, Dixon wardens announced

    December 10, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections announced transition plans for the leaders at Louisiana's prisons after Angola warden Burl Cain said he will retire at the end of this year. Cain made the announcement Wednesday, after investigations began into real estate deals between Cain and family members... more »
  • Longtime Angola warden Burl Cain to retire Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:13 PM

    ANGOLA - Burl Cain, the warden of Angola State Penitentiary for two decades, will resign at the end of this year. The warden made the announcement Wednesday evening that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016, according to a spokesperson with Governor Bobby Jindal's office. “Warden Burl... more »
  • Angola inmates sending off toys for Christmas Play Video

    December 9, 2015 5:44 PM

    ANGOLA - A handful of inmates at Angola State Prison are sent off wooden toys and repaired bicycles to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday. It's part of the Angola Toy Workshop's program to give to children in need for Christmas. Inmates craft 6,000 wooden toys and repair about... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 »

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