For decades, the state of Louisiana has been known as the incarceration capital of America. But over the past year, the state has been trying to shed that reputation with new reforms that decrease the prison population and save money.
By William Brangham, Frank Carlson
"Even when a criminal defendant is assisted by counsel, some decisions are reserved for the client," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in a summary of her opinion. The Louisiana death row inmate at the heart of the decision will be…
By Mark Sherman, Associated Press
Xavier University, a small, historically black college in New Orleans, manages to graduate more African Americans who go on to become medical doctors than any other undergraduate institution in the country -- a fact that's even more striking given a…
By Hari Sreenivasan
Louisiana is one of only two states in the country allowing a non-unanimous jury to convict a defendant of a felony, and a Louisiana lawmaker says it is time for the Jim Crow-era practice to end.
By Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press
By Michael Kunzelman, Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press
Attorney General Jeff Landry's announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in Alton Sterling's July 2016 death.
By Gretchen Frazee
Thousands are without permanent housing. Many more are repairing their homes. Businesses are shuttered and, in some towns, debris still lines the streets.
By PBS NewsHour
In our news wrap Thursday, the gunman who mowed down concertgoers in Las Vegas may have considered other targets in Chicago and Boston, according to reports. Also, a new tropical storm formed off the coast of Nicaragua and is forecasted…
Police said last week's killings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have also been linked to a third shooting, an attack on the home of a black family.
By Associated Press
President Donald Trump is attending a church service on a National Day of Prayer for Harvey victims.
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