BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims a Louisiana prison brutally punishes suicidal and mentally ill inmates by isolating them for months or even years, chaining them to chairs and exposing them to extreme cold. The class action, filed Tuesday, asks the court to rule that prison officials are subjecting inmates at David Wade Correctional Center in Homer to unconstitutional "cruel and unusual punishment."
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's governor spent little of his special session speech focused on the type of taxes he wants passed to close a $1 billion budget gap. Gov. John Bel Edwards told lawmakers Monday he's "flexible" about what taxes are used to replace temporary taxes that expire on July 1.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Louisiana State University-Shreveport official says a former student has been arrested for threatening school employees. The Shreveport Times reports the threats were made in a series of YouTube videos, starting Thursday. A security alert was sent out Friday in response and was canceled Sunday. LSUS Chancellor Larry Clark said at a Monday forum about the event that none of the threats mentioned a gun, but they targeted LSU's president and two science faculty members.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences has been denied parolem, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff's deputy at age 17. The Supreme Court's 2016 ruling in Henry Montgomery's case opened the door for roughly 2,000 other juvenile offenders to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sentences.
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