Timeline of events since the Department of Justice issued their investigative report of OPP in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Gambit Weekly)
Created by youthbreakout on Aug 6, 2011
Last updated: 05/26/13 at 03:15 PM
“According to a statement from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, Alexcee was diagnosed with metastatic cancer during his incarceration and died at Interim LSU Public Hospital.”
More coverage here: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/opp-inmate-john-c-alexcee-50-dies-of-terminal-cancer/-/9853400/20256804/-/2ycq6r/-/index.html?absolute=true
"An Orleans Parish inmate died of 'apparent cardiac arrest' at the jail on Thursday, the day he turned 36, according to a short news release issued by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office on Friday afternoon. Wardel Taylor died at the Interim LSU Public hospital, the release stated."
More information here: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/03/orleans_parish_inmate_died_on.html#incart_river
"Ricky Russell did not report for breakfast Thursday morning, according to a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, distributed by a public relations firm Thursday afternoon. Deputies found him unresponsive in his cell just before 5:30 a.m. in the Conchetta facility, where he was housed alone, and tried to revive him, Gusman said."
“Earl E. Lodge had been undergoing treatment for ‘metastatic cancer,’ Dr. Samuel Gore, the jail’s medical director, said in a statement.”
"The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will begin closing one of its facilities, the city-owned House of Detention, beginning today, Sheriff Marlin Gusman announced this afternoon..."
"The move will displace 628 inmates — including 400 convicted state prisoners serving their terms inside OPP. Those inmates, Gusman said, will be sent to other facilities throughout the state."
"The report comes on the heels of last week's civil rights lawsuit against OPP and the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that it is negotiating federal oversight of the prison."
Read the report here:
Report on Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails 2012, April 2012
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a class-action lawsuit that accuses New Orleans jail officials of routinely subjecting prisoners to brutal and inhumane conditions.
More information also here:
A transgender inmate at the Orleans Parish jail was raped repeatedly by different attackers in two different locations within the facility, according to a letter sent to Sheriff Marlin Gusman Tuesday by the inmate's attorneys.
U.S. Marshals Service removed all of the agency's federal inmates from Orleans Parish Prison.
The Justice Department Review Panel on Prison Rape hears testimony at federal hearings in Washington, D.C. about sexual violence in OPP and the failure of the Sheriff's Office to protect inmates or respond to grievances. Several LGBTQ inmate stories are highlighted.
"An Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office prison guard was fired and arrested Friday for allegedly raping and kidnapping an inmate. Dejuan R. Thomas, 38, was arrested after an inmate reported Thomas's actions and the sheriff's office opened an investigation, said sheriff's office spokesman Marc Ehrhardt."
"A federal inmate who expressed his desire to kill himself just moments before his arrest committed suicide at the Orleans Parish jail Sunday night, according to a news release from Sheriff Marlin Gusman issued late Monday."
"Lawrence Hathorn, jailed on charges of drunk driving and violating parole, participated in morning roll call but was found unresponsive in his bunk during lunch, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mary Martin Fein of the Ehrhardt Group."
"The 42-year-old inmate -- who was not identified -- was playing basketball in the recreation yard when he collapsed and became unresponsive, according to the release."
Died from liver cancer, as reported by court filing.
New Orleans City Council votes unanimously to pass an ordinance authorizing construction of a new 1,438-bed jail, despite Sheriff Marlin Gusman's push for 4,300 bed complex.
Louis Alvarez dies in OPP. Alleged suicide at House of Detention on January 8, 2011. Source: Orleans Public Defenders Office, accessed via legal files of Liz Cummings, Esq.
Tracy Barquet dies Saturday morning after apparently suffering a seizure in his sleep.
"The circumstances of Barquet's death in early August are unclear, as the sheriff's office has not completed an investigation and Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard has yet to classify the case. Neither agency explained why it has taken so long to figure out how the 25-year-old man died."
More info: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/01/inmates_deaths_raise_concerns.html
"Jose Nelson Reyes-Zelaya, 28, was being detained by ICE at Orleans Parish Prison. Reyes was found in his cell yesterday, apparently asphyxiated."
Man warns of feeling ill before dying of heart attack.
"Hitzman, 31, killed himself in an isolation cell last April within hours of being brought into the jail's Intake and Processing Center by a bail bondsman. An investigation by the sheriff's office found that no employees checked on him for at least an hour, during which time he tied his shirt to bars in the cell door and hanged himself."
"Shedrick Godfrey collapsed midday Monday while working a community service detail with other inmates, according to a news release from Gusman's office. He was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. of an apparent heart attack."
"An inmate at the Orleans Parish jail was stabbed to death by another inmate Monday and a second inmate wounded after being stabbed by a different man, said the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office and New Orleans Police Department."
(Photo to the right: Chris Woods dances to the music of trumpeter Kenneth Terry and the rest of the Treme Brass Band during the repast Thursdsay for his son Chris Blevins outside the Treme Community Center. Blevins was stabbed to death inside Orleans Parish Prison on March 29. Woods appears in the pilot of the HBO series 'Treme.')
Severely mentally-ill man dies of a heart attack in OPP.
Mary Hickey died Dec. 1, 2009, after awakening in pain in an open women's dorm at the South White Street jail and languishing for 30 minutes before help came and another hour before being taken to the hospital, according to the lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court.
"He was brought to the sheriff's intake and processing center at about 10:30 p.m. Friday and did not appear to have any medical conditions or show any signs of distress during a standard medical examination, Martin said."
"At about 7:30 the next morning, he collapsed in a restroom at the intake and processing center."
Additional article: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2009/10/new_orleans_jail_inmate_died_o.html
After three visits to OPP, the DOJ releases investigative findings of conditions at the jail, citing inadequate medical and mental health services at the jail, improper use of restraints, a lack of proper procedures for suicide prevention and dispensing medication to inmates, excessive use of force, and other unconstitutional conditions of confinement.
Dies of lung cancer, renal failure, as reported in court filing.
Died from heart disease, as reported in court filing here:
ACLU states, "if you are gay [or transgender] and you happen to be arrested in Orleans Parish, we recommend you try your best to post bond as quickly as possible, because you are at risk of rape in Orleans Parish Prison."
Orleans Parish Prison ranks in top ten jails with highest mortality rate, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics data. Three people die in OPP in the first 5 weeks of 2009.
"Early on Friday, about 2:50 a.m., Rowzee "began to exhibit bizarre behavior," according to the news release issued by the Sheriff's Office. He was evaluated by medical staff and immediately taken to the hospital, the release stated.
Rowzee died at the hospital at 6:32 a.m."
"But at 10:45 p.m., when a deputy checked on him again, Sanchez didn't respond. Paramedics were called, but Sanchez couldn't be revived."
Woman dies after spending four hours in five-point restraints at OPP.