Monthly Archives: March 2016

Unexpected bias

Unexpected bias

 

Jarvis DeBerry of The Times-Picayune reports that three LSU economics professors have published a working paper at the website for the National Bureau of Economic Research which suggests that juvenile offenders in Louisiana are likelier to get harsher punishment from a judge of their own race.

 

The paper, written by Briggs Depew, Ozkan Erien, and […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Prisoner re-entry program moves to Plaquemines Parish

Prisoner re-entry program moves to Plaquemines Parish

 

Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate reports that Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who pulled the plug on a state inmate re-entry program last month (a plan to reintegrate 120 state prisoners into parish jails), has announced that inmates will be relocated to the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center. […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Bloomberg View: Why innocent people confess to crimes

The Bloomberg View: Why innocent people confess to crimes

Faye Flam of The Bloomberg View reports that as a result of shows like Netflix’s Making a Murderer and other videotaped interrogations, some experts are questioning police interrogation practices. Flam claims that there is a growing scientific case that psychological manipulation of suspects may cause them to […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Guilty pleas of six Iberia Parish Sheriff Deputies and the implication of Louis Ackal

Guilty pleas of six Iberia Parish Sheriff Deputies and the implication of Louis Ackal

 

Richard Burgess and Lanie Lee Cook of The New Orleans Advocate report that a package of guilty pleas last month in a federal investigation of inmate beatings at the Iberia Parish Jail could be the first step in a growing probe into […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Supreme Court rules in major Eighth Amendment sentencing case

Yahoo News: Supreme Court rules in major Eighth Amendment sentencing case

 

The Supreme Court has recently ruled in a major Eighth Amendment sentencing case involving past Louisiana court decisions.

 

As Jonathan Stahl of The National Constitution Center reports, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, which determined the extent to which new […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Juvenile prosecution debate

Juvenile prosecution debate

 

Ken Daley of The Times-Picayune writes that Orleans Parish Leon Cannizzaro has responded to recent criticism regarding his habits of transferring the majority of all juvenile offenders into the adult system.

 

In a February 19 report, The Southern Poverty Law Center claimed that his office was “an outlier that chose to prosecute 80 percent […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

New policy ends NOPD immigration enforcement

New policy ends NOPD immigration enforcement

 

Robert McClendon of The Times-Picayune reports that as of Sunday, February 28, New Orleans police will no longer cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. The new regulations mark a departure from a department that, until recently, actively participated in immigration sweeps and detained people suspected of being in the country illegally […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Shootings by LA police officers spiked by more than 50% in 2015.

Shootings by LA police officers spiked by more than 50% in 2015.

 

According to Nicky Woolf of The Guardian, the number of shootings by Los Angeles police officers increased by more than 50% last year. In the LAPD’s 2015 use of force report, 48 people were shot by officers last year, up from 30 in 2014. […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Supreme Court hears historic abortion case

Supreme Court hears historic abortion case

 

Cristian Farias and Laura Bassett of The Huffington Post report that The Supreme Court last Wednesday (March 2) heard 85 minutes of oral arguments in a major abortion rights case that could forever define whether Roe v. Wade is good law, or merely dead letter without practical effect.

 

The case, Whole […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Some question legality, effectiveness of Louisiana’s expansive DNA database

Some question legality, effectiveness of Louisiana’s expansive DNA database

 

As The New Orleans Advocate reports, the expansion of Louisiana’s DNA database in recent years has become controversial. Since 2003, lawmakers have dramatically broadened the state’s program to collect DNA profiles during the booking of inmates.

 

The reasons for the database expansion can be linked to the capture […]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments