On this week’s episode, an administrator with the U.S. Department of Justice cautioned the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice about the proposal to house juveniles at a facility on the campus of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Several detainees at the New Orleans jail allegedly suffered injuries after a shakedown at the facility involving officers brought in from the state Department of Corrections. This comes on the heels of another incident last month in which jail detainees sustained injuries during a joint DOC-Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office operation.

The company behind a proposed $9.4 billion petrochemical plant in St. James Parish was dealt a major blow Wednesday when a court vacated more than a dozen state permits for the facility.

And the NOLA Public Schools district has issued its most serious warning to Foundation Preparatory Academy after the school allegedly failed to report an alleged assault on a special education student by an employee of the school last month. 

Our guests this week are Lens reporters Nick Chrastil, Joshua Rosenberg, Marta Jewson and editor Charles Maldonado.

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Carolyne Heldman

Carolyne Heldman has been in media for 35 years, most recently as Executive Director at an NPR member station in Colorado where she was responsible for new multi-platform content initiatives, strategic...