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After escaping by pepper-spraying a deputy and stealing a cruiser, the recaptured inmate also faces new charges, including attempting to smuggle cigarettes and a lighter into jail
The inmate was being transported back to the correctional center when he created a disturbance in the back of a cruiser; when the deputy checked on him, he pepper sprayed the deputy
Some of the proposed legislation would make all state prisoners serve 85% of their sentences before they’re eligible for early release as a reward for good behavior
Louisiana’s special session also included bills that included restricting parole eligibility, harsher penalties for some crimes and publicizing some juvenile court records
The lack of security upgrades “is very concerning,” the mayor of Baton Rouge said. “We are dealing with a facility established in 1952, designed to rehabilitate youth for less serious crimes”
Lack of staff and training impedes policy adherence in the facility, according to 162-page report by federal monitors
“Prolonged and stalled” adjudication, charges that don’t lead to incarceration and delayed transfers to long-term detention lead to overcrowding at the short-term youth detention center
The jail’s consultant said in a letter to the judge that plans for shared cells and a circular layout of housing units would be a problem for mentally ill inmates
The judge determined the CO was negligent, committed Eighth Amendment constitutional violations and failed to protect the inmate from cruel and unusual punishment
Juveniles currently housed at the country’s largest maximum-security adult prison will be moved to a youth detention facility by late fall
The federal department said the state could face a possible lawsuit in mid-March if it doesn’t fix the problems
The former inmate claims his religious freedoms were violated when his knee-length locks were cut and is appealing for monetary damages
The in-custody inmate was at the courthouse for official business when the incident occurred
La. DOC officials, district attorney and sheriff dispute responsibility for the release of Michael “Ma-Man” LeBlanc who was awaiting sentencing for second-degree murder
The builder, who learned his trade while incarcerated for 25 years, crafts the libraries for state prison dorms
The detention center has long been criticized for its outdated facilities that some argue border on dangerous
The judge said inmates were exposed to “mental torture” and deprived of adequate mental healthcare
The veterans mentorship program started with a small group of prisoners with military combat experience who were trained to be trauma healers
The captain claimed a policy that forbids deputies from having a relationship with a known felon violated his constitutional right to free association
The move came as state officials were under growing pressure to do something after the latest in a series of escapes from the violence-plagued Bridge City Center for Youth
Nine of the 16 past graduates are working in welding jobs now
The city must build a $60 million expansion for inmates with mental and medical health problems
The temporary approval of such tactics is a sign of increasingly desperate conditions inside Louisiana’s aging and understaffed juvenile jails
Up to 50 SWAT officers were called in to control the situation at the Bridge City Center for Youth facility
The dogs are selected for the program based on their temperament and learn 37 different commands over the course of about 14 months
Officials accused a security guard of helping them escape and driving them off the premises
Among the most pressing issues Susan Hutson faces taking over as Orleans Parish sheriff is a decrease in deputies employed by the sheriff’s office
The Juvenile Justice Intervention Center is budgeted for 104 positions, of which 48 are currently vacant
“You can’t do rehabilitation here if they’re getting drugs inside the facility,” Sheriff Becket Breaux said