Fifth Circuit Says Louisiana Can’t Nix Good-Time Credits Retroactively

  Price v. Wade Correctional Center Should individuals who violate parole conditions after completing a prison term lose the lion’s share of the good-time credit they previously earned while incarcerated? Not according to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which recently ruled in favor of a man who was denied his good-time credits by the state of Louisiana. The court granted relief to Richard Price, who was sentenced for armed robbery in 1985 in the Bayou State. Paroled in 2003, he later violated a release condition and his parole was revoked. The state also revoked all of the good-time credit [...]

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Coping When a Loved One is Sentenced to Prison

  Grief When a Family Member is Incarcerated I just returned to my office after a difficult morning in court.  My client was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for a crime that I believe does not merit such a harsh penalty.  This is an aspect of my work that I dislike to say the least.  Of course, I replay all my defense strategies in my mind, making sure that I did not fail my client along the way.  I also try to comfort the family members in this time of grief. In all honesty, I cannot say that I know what [...]

Credit for Time Served — Criminal Defense Attorney New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY   ELIZABETH B. CARPENTER -- Louisiana Parole Attorney   Credit for Prior Custody -- Limitations -- La C.Cr.P. Article 880   A.  A defendant shall receive credit toward service of his sentence for time spent in actual custody prior to the imposition of sentence. B.  A defendant shall receive credit only for time in actual custody and only once during any calendar month when consecutive sentences are imposed. C.  No defendant shall receive credit for any time served prior to the commission of the crime. D.  A defendant shall not receive credit for time served under [...]

Supervision Upon Release After Diminution of Sentence for Good Time — Parole Attorney Louisiana

CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY NEW ORLEANS   ELIZABETH B. CARPENTER -- Louisiana Parole Attorney   Supervision upon release after diminution of sentence for good behavior -- La R.S. 15:571.5   A.  When a prisoner committed to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections is released because of diminution of sentence, he shall be released as if released on parole. B.(1)  Before any prisoner is released on parole upon diminution of sentence, he shall be issued a certificate of parole that enumerates the conditions of parole.  These conditions shall be explained to the prisoner and the prisoner shall agree in writing to [...]

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

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 Tough Opposition in the Legislature  By Cindy Chang, The Times-Picayune           There was optimism in the air on the chilly day in January 2011 when Gov. Bobby Jindal announced an ambitious effort to overhaul Louisiana's sentencing laws. A bipartisan cross-section of law enforcement leaders [...]

Simple Escape / Aggravated Escape — Louisiana

Criminal Defense Attorney New Orleans   Elizabeth B Carpenter Law -- Attorney New Orleans   Serving Clients in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, Assumption Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson Parish.   Simple Escape / Aggravated Escape -- La RS 14:110 Simple escape shall mean any of the following: The intentional departure, under circumstances wherein human life is not endangered, of a person imprisoned, committed, or detained from a place where such person is legally confined, from a designated area of a place where such [...]