The American Civil Liberties Union and law firm Wilson Sonsini have released a letter to the United States Department of Justice urging them to investigate the prison’s access practices when it comes to attorneys having access to their clients.
According to the ACLU’s letter, representatives from their agency and members of the Sonsini law firm spoke to people at the public defense offices in Lafayette, Evangeline, Calcasieu, Beauregard, East Baton Rouge and Orleans.
They had many cases where they said there were practices that violated either attorney/client privilege or privacy.
The letter to the Justice Department specifically mentioned Lafayette only once, and it has to do with the attire worn by an attorney when she visited a client at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
According to the public defender they spoke to, the woman came from the courthouse to visit Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and because she was wearing a skirt, she was denied access to her client.
We have reached out to the office of Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber to request an explanation of everything described in the 10-page letter. While the dress issue is the only specific complaint related to LPCC, there are other pages of the letter that list cases, but they do not list at which facility the alleged violations occurred.
In the letter, officials cite multiple instances where customers must make a Zoom call or other computer call in front of at least one deputy. This alleged violation is not specifically described as occurring in the LPCC, but there are several instances of non-alleged violations where no community is mentioned.
You can click here to read the whole letter.
Armed robberies across Acadiana in 2022
Armed robberies – when they are becoming increasingly common in a community – steal the peace from the citizens who live there. These crimes can begin with a thief trying to steal the victim, but often that thief turns into a murderer when that weapon is actually used.
Let’s take a look at some headline-grabbing armed robbery cases in 2022.
List of homicides and deaths in Acadiana for 2022
In 2022, there were multiple murders in Acadiana. The following is a list of all homicides and deaths so far this year, by parish. It’s amazing the number of deaths in our area this year. Several deaths from shootings have occurred this year along with several hit-and-run fatalities.
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