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Coroner: 15-year-old in Orleans jail died of suicide; lawyer says he had been 'jumped' month before
Preliminary autopsy results show that a 15-year-old died in the Orleans Parish jail Monday night by hanging himself, the Orleans Parish coroner said Wednesday.
Death penalty stalls in Mississippi
JACKSON - With sprawling litigation over Mississippi’s use of execution drugs now scheduled to stretch into 2017, the state could go five years without executing a death row inmate.
Lawsuit: Louisiana State Police harass, use excessive force against black people in French Quarter
The Louisiana State Police routinely harass and use excessive force against black people in the French Quarter, a civil rights law firm alleged Friday in a lawsuit, citing what it called the…
Resignation adds to woes at New Orleans jail
An official hired to help with reforms at the violence-plagued New Orleans jail has resigned — the latest complication in court-ordered reform efforts.
Orleans Parish corrections chief resigns; 2nd to do so since December 2014
Carmen DeSadier has resigned as the corrections chief for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office announced Friday (Feb. 19). DeSadier is the second person in that…
Judge delays execution of man who murdered Metairie-raised woman in Mississippi until death row inmate’s federal lawsuit is resolved
A man on death row in Mississippi for the 1976 murder of a Metairie-raised woman should not be executed until it is determined whether the state’s lethal-injection drug combination is…
Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi execution
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions.
Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi Executions
A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from using two drugs in executions, shutting down the death penalty in the state for now.
Suit says Mississippi lethal injection unconstitutional
JACKSON — Two Mississippi prisoners condemned to death are challenging the legality of the state's lethal injection procedures.
Mississippi fights to keep execution drug supplier secret
Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to keep secret the identity of the state's execution drug supplier while he appeals a state judge's order that the name be released.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman won't turn over jail records, Justice Department, inmate advocates say
Sheriff Marlin Gusman has refused to turn over more than 1,000 reports on violent incidents inside the Orleans Parish Prison, according to a court filing Monday by lawyers for the U.S. Department of…
Judge orders release of execution drug supplier’s name
JACKSON – A judge has rejected the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ attempt to keep secret the pharmacy that supplies a crucial execution drug.
EDITORIAL: MDOC Transparency and Execution Secrecy Don’t Mix
Jim Craig, a lawyer for the New Orleans-based Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, filed an open-records request in November seeking information about Mississippi's execution drugs and…
State Asks Judge to Keep Source of Execution Drugs Secret
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawyers for Mississippi's prison system asked a judge Monday to declare that the name of any pharmacy that supplies a crucial execution drug is a secret that must not be…
Federal monitor: Orleans Parish Prison making slow progress, needs 'laser sharp leadership'
Federal monitors noted progress toward court-ordered reforms at the trouble Orleans Parish Prison in a report issued Wednesday, and issued a plea for the Sheriff's Office and city administration to…
Monitors: Despite progress, risk of harm to OPP inmates still ‘extremely high’
Violence reigns, as ever, at Orleans Parish Prison, and inmates still face “extremely high” risks of harm, but Sheriff Marlin Gusman has made incremental headway in remedying the…
Mississippi House Passes Bill Mandating Execution Secrecy
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that not only makes the details surrounding state executions secret, but allows lawsuits against anyone who discloses the secrets.
Court order would set new deadlines for Orleans Parish Prison reforms
After more than a year operating under a federal monitor -- and numerous delays and blown deadlines -- the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office appears likely to get a new set of due dates to complete…
Sheriff reaches short-term deal for OPP improvements
Sheriff Marlin Gusman, facing potential sanctions over the stubbornly bad conditions at Orleans Parish Prison, has struck a short-term deal with inmate advocates and the U.S. Justice Department that…
Group says MDOC violated public records act
A New Orleans public interest group says in a lawsuit that the Mississippi Department of Corrections failed to comply with the state's Public Records Act by not producing records of the state's…
Judge berates lawyer in OPP case as new jail’s opening is delayed again
In a scalding lecture from the bench, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk on Wednesday berated a lawyer hired recently by Sheriff Marlin Gusman for filing a “self-serving” series of court…
Adult Crime, Adult Time: Practice of housing teen offenders in Orleans Parish Prison concerns a parent
Juanita Allen didn’t even have bus fare — she had to walk all the way from her home in the Lower 9th Ward to the courtroom at Tulane and Broad. So making bail for her 15-year-old son was…
Miss. inmate seeks dismissal of death sentence
A Mississippi inmate is citing a decision in a Florida case to support arguments that he is mentally disabled and his death sentence should be overturned.
Outside review of OPP inmate death marks change for beleaguered jail
Louisiana State Police got a rare invitation this month: Look into a jail death in New Orleans.
OPP inmate's death ruled a homicide
The death of an Orleans Parish Prison inmate who collapsed on a cell floor from heart failure after a jailhouse fight has been classified as a homicide, marking only the second time in a decade the…

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