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 […]

Community Reacts to PJI’s Report “Dying in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison”

On Wednesday, August 15th, PJI released a new investigative report into the jail conditions at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison (EBRPP) as part of our ongoing investigation #exposeBRjail.  PJI’s investigation began after Baton Rouge protests over Alton Sterling’s murder. PJI’s investigative team learned about the horrific conditions of the jail from first person-accounts of […]

Another Case of Repeated Prosecutorial Misconduct: PJI Files Habeas Petition in Federal Court

Robert Tassin & PJI Board Member Denny LeBoeuf Yesterday, PJI attorneys filed a petition  in federal court seeking a reversal of Robert Tassin’s conviction on the basis that it was obtained by prosecutorial misconduct.  Mr. Tassin was originally convicted in 1987. After 22 years spent on death row, the federal court reversed his prior conviction […]

Judge Grants Motion for Class Certification in Suit Over Unconstitutionally Deficient Medical Care and Mistreatment of Inmates with Disabilities

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION CONTACT: Mercedes Montagnes The Promise of Justice Initiative 504-529-5955   JUDGE GRANTS MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION IN SUIT AGAINST LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS OVER UNCONSTITUTIONALLY DEFICIENT MEDICAL CARE AND MISTREATMENT OF INMATES WITH DISABILITIES   NEW ORLEANS – Prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola (Angola) […]

The Death Penalty is Cruel and Unusual: Opposes Basic Human Decency. PJI Continues to Fight Against it.

On February 22, 2018, Florida executed Eric Branch.  PJI filed an amicus brief in his case days before his execution, while he was under warrant, attempting to focus the Court on the evolving standards of decency, particularly the national consensus that executing individuals for acts committed when they were young adults, is excessive, cruel and […]

#ExposeBRJail: Social Media and Fundraising Campaign to Expose Inhumane Conditions of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison (EBRPP)

  PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION                                           Mercedes Montagnes                                                                                             […]

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