"We black folk are reduced to teaching our children how to get arrested ... ."
A federally appointed firm overseeing reforms at the department is reviewing the complaints.
Kenny "Zulu" Whitmore's stretch in solitary is one of the longest in the country. Some states are curtailing the practice, in part because it's so expensive. Critics say that years without human contact can exacerbate mental illness.
As more states adopt legislation to protect those who use deadly force, an investigation has found the likelihood of a person being charged with or convicted of a crime after a claim of self-defense involving a firearm may depend more on the state or region where the shooting occurred than the circumstances of the case. Even cases in the same area have produced disparate outcomes.
Pentagon program puts materiel in hands of local law-enforcement agencies, similar to police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Louisiana has the highest rate of gun homicides for young people in the country.
For years, the NRA has dominated public debate over gun regulations, with millions in the bank and millions of members. But in the past two years, the gun control movement has gotten more organized and raised more money.
State Department of Safety and Corrections declines to comment on how it sought lethal-injection drug.
The state refused to say where it got a lethal injection drug just days before a scheduled execution in February. Now sources tell The Lens that it came from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. "Had we known of the real use,” said a member of the board of directors, “we never would have done it.”
State prison officials are considering alternatives to current methods as death-row inmate awaits hearing.