Southern Poverty Law Center News

Senate Bill 106 would force Louisiana courts to promptly hear cases involving incarcerated juveniles

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 18, 2018

Jamila Johnson hopes Senate Bill 106 will save her the ordeal of having to litigate another case like the one in front of her now.

Lawsuit against Blair's Bail Bonds, New Orleans Bail Bonds may lead to better regulation of the bail industry

By Zachary Lewis | Jul 11, 2017

A federal lawsuit filed against two bail bonds agencies and their affiliates acts as a step toward the reform of the bail industry in Louisiana, and perhaps the nation, in a case of alleged abuse of the criminal justice system.

Southern Poverty Law Center blames Louisiana for public defense insufficiencies

By Carrie Salls | May 25, 2017

Meredith Angelson, a senior staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], blames the state for issues with Louisiana’s public defender system’s handling of poor defendants.

Louisiana facing class-action lawsuit over public-defenders system

By Richard Jones | Feb 16, 2017

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Public Defender Board are facing a class-action lawsuit filed recently by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP and Jones Walker LLP.

Southern Poverty Law Center sues Bogalusa judge over 'modern-day debtor's prison'

By Dawn Brotherton | Jun 29, 2016

BOGALUSA—The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Judge Robert Black of the Bogalusa City Court, claiming he's running a modern-day debtor’s prison. 

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