Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mandeville Police Chief “100 percent behind” self-defense shooting

Mandeville Police Chief “100 percent behind” self-defense shooting

 

 

Kim Chatelain of The Times-Picayune reports that Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard said he is “100 percent behind” the decision by North Shore District Attorney Warren Montgomery to not bring charges against a legally-armed citizen who fatally shot an attacker at a Mandeville convenience store in April. While tragic, Richard […]

By |May 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Inmates kept in prison past release dates

Inmates kept in prison past release dates

 

 

Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times reports that more than 4,300 federal inmates were kept in prison past their scheduled release dates from 2009 to 2014 — some of them for more than a year, according to a report released Tuesday that highlighted wide confusion in the prison […]

By |May 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Indictment against former St. Bernard Sheriff’s deputy quashed

Indictment against former St. Bernard Sheriff’s deputy quashed

 

 

Ben Meyers of The Times-Picayune reports that a St. Bernard Parish judge last week nullified the August indictment of a former sheriff’s deputy who faced corruption-related charges stemming from a state investigation of former Parish President Dave Peralta. Judge Jeanne Juneau of the 34th Judicial District granted defendant […]

By |May 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

New Orleans needs to reduce incarceration

New Orleans locking up fewer people, but still needs to reduce incarceration

 

 

In a guest column written recently for NOLA.com Mitch Landrieu writes that despite major progress in the past six years, New Orleans remains the most incarcerated city in the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated country in the world.

 

Prior to Katrina, the local […]

By |May 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Expert testifies on Sheriff Gusman’s ability to run jail

Expert testifies on Sheriff Gusman’s ability to run jail

 

 

Emily Lane of The Times-Picayune reports that Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s failure to comply with a consent decree that’s designed to make the jail safe isn’t for lack of trying, the lead court-appointed monitor of the jail testified Wednesday (May 25). “They just have no clue,” […]

By |May 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Louisiana House makes getting TOPS more difficult

Louisiana House makes getting TOPS more difficult

 

 

Mark Ballard of The New Orleans Advocate reports that the he Louisiana House approved raising the standards on the TOPS awards that also come with stipends. The House voted 66-29 to approve Senate Bill 329. The legislation returns to the state Senate for an up or down vote on […]

By |May 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A Safe Alternative For Your Child

A Safe Alternative for Your Child

 

 

Heather Miller at WGNO reports that a Baton Rouge mother who said she was no longer able to care for her infant gave her baby to an employee at a Baton Rouge-area fire station yesterday under the state’s Safe Haven law.

 

The state Department of Child and Family Services said in […]

By |May 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Louisiana Hate Crimes

Louisiana could be the first state where targeting police is a hate crime

 

 

Elahe Izadi of The Washington Post reports that Louisiana may become the first state in the nation where attacking a police officer can be classified as a hate crime.

 

In many states, extra punishment is meted out to those who commit crimes against others […]

By |May 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Crash, Not Accident

Crash, Not Accident

 

 

The New York Times reports roadway fatalities are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers.

 

Just don’t call them accidents anymore.

 

That is the position of a growing number of safety advocates, including grass-roots groups, federal officials and state and local leaders across the […]

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

Pfizer blocking use of its lethal injection drugs

Pfizer blocking use of its lethal injection drugs

 

 

The Associated Press reports that pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.

 

“Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of […]

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