Louisiana Imprisons People Weeks, Months and Even Years After Their Release Dates

Prisons and local jails in Louisiana regularly keep people locked up for weeks, months and even years past their release dates, according to a state auditor’s report.

Every week for the last ten years, authorities have found one person who had been kept imprisoned longer than their sentence. Thousands of people or more could have been impacted. One man was imprisoned 960 days, nearly three years, past his release date.

Lawyers have filed lawsuits against the Louisiana Department of Corrections and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Civil Rights Lawyers allege officials have known of this problem for years.



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