Prison Litigation Reform Act

  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 or death. However, revisions have been made to the law to prohibit conditions such as sexual assault, violence, poor prison living conditions, and lack of proper medical treatment. Unfortunately, prisoners are still victims of inhumane treatment in prisons across the United States. In 1996, in [...]

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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 [...]

Louisiana’s Fight Against Heroin: Dying For A Fix

    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 a friend die from a heroin overdose, and no one, except his suppliers, even knew he used the drug. While other drugs, such as alcohol, cocaine and meth can take years to kill someone, heroin can take seconds! In recent years heroin has seen a [...]

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

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 ask for permission to use the organs of executed inmates.  I believe that many would gladly donate their organs.  Such a donation could be a form of reconciliation to society or even a means of creating a sense of purpose for the atrocious, barbaric death [...]

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 [...]