PJI's "Justice League" Team Runs the Crescent City Classic to Raise Money for Clients and Families

For the third year in a row, staff, friends, and family members at The Justice Center and The Promise of Justice Initiative ran to support The Client and Family Assistance Project connecting families with loved ones in prison. The twelve person team raised $4,616.00. Thank you to all of our runners and those who donated. Your support works directly to reduce the harmful effects of incarceration on the families and communities left behind by Louisiana's high incarceration rate.


PJI Files Amicus Brief in Glossip v. Gross

The Promise of Justice Initiative filed an amicus brief in Glossip v. Gross on the broad national consensus against the use of midazolam in lethal injection.   There is a broad national consensus against the use of midazolam as part of a state’s execution protocol.   Only four states have experimented with  the use of midazolam.  The experiment has resulted in a number of botched executions.  The vast majority of jurisdictions have either abolished the death penalty legislatively, suspended its use by moratorium, or in practice stopped making the determination who should live and who should die.  The PJI brief asks the court to take note of this broad consensus, and to ensure that capital punishment, where it is still administered, is done so in a manner that reflects on the dignity both of the state imposing capital punishment and the condemned defendant. 

PJI Files Lawsuit Alleging the Department of Public Safety and Corrections Violated State Open Meetings Laws

On March 17, 2015, PJI filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sidney Garmon, Director of the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, alleging that the Department of Public Safety and Corrections violated state Open Meetings Laws by excluding the public from committee meetings held to comply with HR 142, a House Resolution directing the Department to determine the “most humane methods” of execution. The committee included the Secretary, Warden Cain, five other department employees and two lawyers from a law firm that represents the DOC . The committee met at least seven times in secret, with no public notice or opportunity for input. It ultimately determined that Louisiana should execute its prisoners by lethal gas, and that the death penalty in Louisiana should involve more secrecy. Ms. Garmon was excluded from these meetings and prevented from doing an important aspect of her work as Director, which is to work with policymakers to reform the death penalty and implement alternatives to this costly and arbitrary punishment.