Recent News About Louisiana Public Defender Board
State's 'under-resourced public defenders' exacerbates over-detention crisis in jails, says attorney
A number of civil rights lawsuits have been filed against the Louisiana Department of Corrections and various sheriff's offices, alleging that prisons in the state of Louisiana routinely keep inmates after their release dates.
BATON ROUGE — A federal judge in Baton Rouge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the office by the American Civil Liberties Union that attempted to force the state to change budget inadequacies for those who can’t afford lawyers under court order.
NEW ORLEANS –Two New Orleans attorneys recently filed lawsuits on behalf of four inmates who have been incarcerated for months following their arrests without representation, victims of a budget crisis that has resulted in a lengthy waiting list for public defender services.
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Public Defender Board is under fire for how it funds defendant representation in capital murder cases and is the target of a state House Bill that would winnow its membership as the state's public defenders crisis continues to deepen.