This week on Behind The Lens, over ten years ago the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against the then sheriff, citing several deaths to illustrate that his office had a “policy and practice of denying access to constitutionally adequate mental-health services.”

That lawsuit eventually resulted in a federal consent decree. And from there, the battle over jail size and for the construction of the facility known as Phase III, began to take shape. We will look back at how this project came to be, and the fate of it today.

And, there are over 20 carbon capture and sequestration projects in the works in Louisiana, and a state legislative task force is exploring the possible impacts of those projects, but many voices are being shut out of the conversation, according to some environmental advocates and attorneys.

Joining us this week, Floodlight environmental reporter Terry Jones, Lens reporters Nick Chrastil and Marta Jewson, and Lens editor Katy Reckdahl.

Theme music by Podington Bear. Additional music Human Interest by Podington Bear 

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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...