Louisiana Jail Standards Report

Recommendations For Revised Jail Standards, Oversight, and Programming for Jails in the State of Louisiana

Oct. 1, 2023
This report was published in response to House Concurrent Resolution No. 89 (HCR89), which was passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2021. HCR89 directed PJIL to work with the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to expand upon Louisiana's Basic Jail Guidelines (BJG). In this report, Michele and Alycia recommend modifications to the BJG, changes to existing methods of enforcement, and pathways for expanding programming in local jails.
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'I'm fighting for my life': Inside Alabama's prisons during ongoing labor strike

Sept. 29, 2022
PJIL Director Michele Deitch calls for oversight in Alabama prisons in story of prison labor strike.
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People Say They Languish in Texas Prisons’ ‘Mental Health’ Unit

Aug. 22, 2022
Alycia Welch is quoted in this article on the state of mental health in Texas prisons. She addresses the role of staffing issues in TDCJ's unsafe working and living conditions. PJIL's publication on COVID-related staff deaths, Canary in the Coal Mine, is also featured in the article.
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New details emerge on death of man held in Dauphin County Prison

Aug. 9, 2022
This investigative story about an in-custody death highlights the use of force on people with mental health problems. PJIL's Michele criticizes the use of jails as de facto mental health facilities and highlights how they can exacerbate these issues.
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State review shows Mecklenburg jail continues to miss many safety checks

Aug. 8, 2022
In a news story on safety checks in North Carolina jails, Michele comments on the role of understaffing in deficiencies in safety checks. Michele previously served as a court-appointed prison monitor in that state.
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Marlin, Gatesville prisons without complete air conditioning pose danger to inmates, staff

Aug. 5, 2022
PJIL is featured in a news story on the lack of air conditioning in Texas prisons. Michele highlights the risk of heat-related illnesses for both the incarcerated as well as the employees.
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Sheriff: Linn County Jail deaths unpreventable

July 24, 2022
Linn County Jail (Iowa) reports an alarming number of in-custody deaths. Michele notes that the highly surveilled, closed environment of a jail should prevent deaths. She also advocates for the independent investigation of deaths behind bars.
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Families shocked by learning of inmates’ death in Linn jail

July 24, 2022
Michele calls attention to how a family's grief of an incarcerated loved one's death can be made worse by the way the news is delivered. She advocates for death notifications to be as quick and empathetic as possible.
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The path to prison is often paved by illiteracy. Yet many prisoners aren't being taught to read.

July 18, 2022
PJIL's Michele discusses the impact that correctional education programs like prison literacy efforts can have on recidivism.
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Some mentally ill Dallas inmates are waiting two years to get into state hospitals

July 10, 2022
Hundreds await a state psychiatric hospital bed while in county jail anywhere from months to more than 800 days, raising health and legal concerns. PJIL's associate director, Alycia Welch, explains the state of competency restoration in Texas and offers recommendations for improvement.