The MacArthur Justice Center has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two individuals, Jessie Crittindon and Leon Burse, who were held in custody for five months after their release dates had come and gone.
The suit names officials with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO), the East Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office (ECPSO), and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C).
According to the habeas corpus petition filed by the MacArthur Justice Center, Jesse Crittindon’s mother called the facility in East Carroll Parish on a weekly basis and regularly called and stopped by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to seek answers why her son hasn’t been released. Crittindon missed Christmas with his family as a result of his improper detention. The petition says several other individuals are in a similar position, also being illegally detained because of failure to process certain paperwork related to their release.