Louisiana Pardon Board Recommends Gloria Williams for Parole

Today the Louisiana pardon board recommended that Governor John Bel Edwards commute Gloria Williams’ sentence and make her eligible for parole. This is a massive step towards getting #MamaGlo home to her family. Participatory Defense NOLA, VOTE, and Fox and Rob have been tremendous in their support along with Gloria’s friends, family, and community. We will continue to stand with our incredible […]

PJI’s Extreme Heat Case Settles

In 2012, PJI started investigating the atrocious heat conditions on death row. Clients were trying to access relief from temperatures reaching into the 100’s, bars and walls hot to the touch, no access to cool showers or ice, and interference of heat with medications that threatened their health. In 2013, we went to trial, partnering […]

McKinney v. Arizona – PJI files Amicus Brief

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to consider whether current laws apply when reviewing old capital sentences. In the case of James McKinney, a case in which he should have been tried by a jury and received a judicial verdict instead, his attorneys are seeking justice.  PJI’s Ben Cohen notes that McKinney is “one of […]

LPA Video Highlights the life of PJI Client Shannon Hurd

Louisiana’s Habitual Offender Statute is a major contributor to the state’s notoriously high incarceration rate. Under the Habitual Offender Statute, a person who is convicted of more than one felony crime faces longer and longer sentences for each subsequent con­viction. These laws were enacted over the last several decades as part of a “tough on […]

St. Mary Project in the News

KADN News 15 profiled Promise of Justice Initiative Executive Director, Mercedes Montagnes, to talk about PJI’s St. Mary Project. In conjunction with Jones Walker and the MacArthur Justice Center, PJI attorneys worked to exonerate 18 individuals.”The Promise of Justice Initiative created the St. Mary Project after looking into the work of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. “We became […]

The Exoneration of 18 People in Iberia Parish Accomplished through Public and Private Cooperation

NEW ORLEANS – Non-profit and private sector leaders announced today that their joint commitment to the rule of law allowed them to work together on an initiative that ultimately led to the exoneration of 18 people convicted of drug crimes based solely on discredited testimony by narcotics officers who were convicted in 2017 of federal […]

PJI Trial against Angola Medical Care: Lewis v. Cain

Louisiana prisons have the highest death rate of any state. People incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola suffer from permanent injury and death as a result of prison officials’ chronic failure to provide adequate medical care. This brutal treatment hampers incarcerated individuals’ reentry into society, prevents rehabilitation, and is cruel and dangerous.  PJI, […]

Unanimous Jury Conversation Takes Center Stage

From Washington Post, John Legend (Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP) The public sphere is humming with conversation about Louisiana’s white supremacist non-unanimous jury law. This Washington Post piece, by John Legend, discusses the injustices that non-unanimous juries bring to all citizens of Louisiana. Legend asserts that non-unanimous juries create a “system in which felony trials are held without the full […]

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