John Draper Witherspoon, was a student at Tulane University medical school. Betty Witherspoon earned five degrees in total, including a Ph. D in pediatric nursing.
PJI's investigative team learned about the horrific conditions of the jail from first person-accounts of protesters who were arrested en masse and placed in the jail. The report connected family members and victims of the dangerous jail. Check out more media coverage of PJI's most recent report: The authors of the report will summarize findings and answers questions from the media and the public.
The report also details the lack of accountability for the prison officials and how the suffering of families who have lost their sons, fathers, and brothers continues to be ignored. Often, after years of investigation and litigation, families are still denied compensation and accountability.
Minorities, the poor, and the mentally ill are more likely to be exposed to the harms of the jail. The report urges key reforms, including greater transparency, to stop future occurrences of these preventable deaths.
Their first report, Punished Protestors: Conditions in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison was published in Julythe one-year anniversary of the protests following the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers. Its contents presented a window into the disturbing conditions of the prison and the overly harsh, punitive treatment endured by people arrested and detained there following the protests.
This new report, through interviews with family members and review of court records, media, and EBRPP documentation obtained through public records requests, confirms the experiences of the detained protesters and demonstrates that the conditions in EBRPP are deadly.
The deaths in the jail occurred as early as two days after admission to the jail to thirty-one months after arrest.
In East Baton Rouge, two of the deaths were suicides. Illness-related conditions were the leading cause of deaths in the jail. Some of these men had pre-existing medical conditions but were not given medication. Others were denied medical and mental health treatment.
City and jail officials were formally made aware of the inadequate medical and mental health care in EBRPP at least as early as Augustbut have failed to implement significant changes.Innocence Project New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana. K likes. Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) represents innocent prisoners serving life /5(29).
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We support our clients living well and fully in the world after their release. Alexander has always maintained his innocence of the November 8, , rape of the owner of a new antique store on Whitney Avenue in Gretna, Louisiana.