Orleans Parish corrections chief resigns; 2nd to do so since December 2014Article
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 position to resign in a little more than a year. Read full article. »
MacArthur Justice Center and Muslim Advocates File Amicus Brief Challenging Refugee Ban 3.0Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – A federal district court in Seattle hearing a challenge to Trump’s latest ban on refugees now has before it a comprehensive record of President Trump’s intentions to ban Muslims from entering the country and the discriminatory, bigoted language he has used to advance this objective. The information is detailed in a friend-of-the-court...
Kill Now, Think Later: MDOC has not studied any of the alternative methods of execution proposed by HB 638Press Release
NEW ORLEANS – The civil rights law firm that represents Mississippi death-sentenced prisoners in litigation against the lethal injection drugs chosen by the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) has learned that MDOC has not studied how any of the alternative methods of execution proposed by House Bill 638 would be implemented. Jim Craig, Co-Director of...
New jail’s opening delayed as questions aboundArticle
Sheriff Marlin Gusman has touted his new $145 million jail as an antidote to the legacy of dysfunction at Orleans Parish Prison — a game changer that he says will stem rampant violence while satisfying a court-ordered plan for wholesale reforms at. . . .
Landmark Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Chicago Alleging Racially Discriminatory Policing and Violent Police AbusePress Release
Suit Calls for Federal Court Intervention and Community-Driven Oversight Over the Chicago Police Department Chicago – A class action lawsuit seeking federal court oversight of the Chicago Police Department’s (“CPD’s”) operations has been filed on behalf of thousands of individuals, predominately Blacks and Latinxs, who have been subjected to the CPD’s policy and practice of...
Nine leading civil rights groups urge Supreme Court to reform how compensation is awarded for victims of prison abusePress Release
Prison staff have held prisoners down in boiling water until their skin peeled off, shocked prisoners with cattle prods, and kneed pregnant female prisoners in the stomach. Today nine leading civil rights groups are telling the Supreme Court that, when victims are subjected to torture at this level, a 1996 federal law does not require...
Louisiana State Prison Obstructs Investigation into Disability Abuse Allegations – Federal Lawsuit Brought by Advocacy Group Asks Court to Order AccessPress Release
LOUISIANA – A federal lawsuit argues that the Louisiana Department of Corrections and David Wade Correctional Center (DWCC) have deliberately impeded an investigation into allegations of serious neglect and abuse of prisoners with disabilities. The suit is brought forth by the MacArthur Justice Center of New Orleans and the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, which has...
Group says MDOC violated public records actArticle
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 procedure for carrying out executions.
Prosecutors withheld key evidence in disabled man’s murder conviction. Will SCOTUS act?Article
Hep C Lawsuit Against Missouri Prison System To Go Forward As Class ActionArticle
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Opinion | Prosecutors shouldn’t have immunity from their unethical – or unlawful – actsArticle
Baton Rouge siblings arrested together at Alton Sterling protests say they would go back out to protest againArticle
Judge berates lawyer in OPP case as new jail’s opening is delayed againArticle
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 documents in the middle of the night, just hours before a hearing on the status of court-ordered reforms at Orleans Parish Prison.