Rep. Richmond, others call for investigation into Angola, Wade, Hunt prison facilities

In a July 12, 2013, letter to the US Department of Justice, Congressmen Cedric Richmond, John Conyers Jr., Jerrold Nadler, and Bobby Scott called for investigation into several Louisiana prison facilities.

They express deep concern that the Louisiana Department of Corrections has, “engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the United States Constitution and federal law in its use of such confinement and detention practices.”

They urge the Attorney General to begin an investigation into the use of solitary confinement, and other troubling detention practices, in numerous Louisiana prison facilities, especially in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana.

“We do not allege these apparently unconstitutional patterns and practices lightly. Over the past 6 years we have engaged officials, inmates and stakeholders in conversations about conditions at the prison, and most of what we have heard is alarming.”  

They also argue that significant issues exist “related to prisoners’ personal safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, inhumane sanitary conditions and excessive use of force by prison staff.”

Read the Representatives’ complete letter to DOJ.

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