Facing minor criminal charges, some defendants decide to take a plea deal. But they find that the stigma can prevent them from getting jobs and housing. And getting their record expunged later turns out to be almost a difficult as avoiding conviction in the first place.
"A judge never acknowledges that he is sentencing someone to a life of unemployment or homelessness."
Despite deadlines, court-appointed oversight firm has yet to weigh in on key revisions.
"Fines, fees and court costs are a part of criminal justice systems around the country, but Louisiana public defenders depend and rely on such costs to a dangerous degree."
Lacking land, Civil District Court meets with potential contractors, asks for building concepts.
"The message from those who would gouge funding for the program could not be clearer: 'We like things the way they are.' ”
Even arrestees rated as low-risk must go to a bail bondsman or post bail themselves.
Louisiana State Penitentiary’s lethal-injection drug expired last month, a lawyer for a death-row inmate has concluded after reviewing documents provided by the state in an ongoing lawsuit. The Lens has been trying to pin down the Department of Corrections since February on the expiration date of the drug, and an attorney for the state has repeatedly said no record of the expiration date existed.
Still to be decided: Who pays for the consent decree — city or sheriff — and how?
On Tuesday, the state is supposed to reveal the expiration date for its lethal injection drug.