Prison Litigation Reform Act

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  Litigating Claims Under the P.L.R.A. Under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prisoners shall be protected from inhumane treatment or anything considered to be “cruel and unusual” while they are incarcerated in a U.S. Prison. When the Eighth Amendment was first passed to protect prisoners, “cruel and unusual” meant extreme forms of torture… Read more »

Louisiana’s Fight Against Heroin: Dying For A Fix

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    It only takes seconds to fill a syringe with a lethal dose of heroin.  Tuesday night’s dose can provide a pleasurable high, while Friday’s dose can have a 20-something year old discovered dead, foaming at the mouth. I’ve had acquaintances that one would never suspect partake in such reckless behavior. I also had… Read more »

Execution Of Death Row Inmate Stayed to Allow Time For Organ Donation

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Death Row Inmates and Organ Donation   Elizabeth Bagert Carpenter, Attorney at Law    As many of you know, I am an advocate of organ donation due to the many health issues my mother suffered, i.e. liver and kidney failure.  Naturally, this story caught my eye and made me wonder why we do not routinely… Read more »

Powerful Interests Obstruct to Reforming the State’s Draconian Sentencing Laws — Part 4 of a 7 Part Series

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Louisiana Is The World’s Prison Capital   Criminal Defense Attorney New Orleans   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. — Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, Tangipahoa, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.     PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 5 PART 6 PART 7 Prison Sentence Reform Efforts Face… Read more »