Racist Louisiana sheriff wants ‘good prisoners’ to be his slaves

If Steve Prator could have his way, “good prisoners” would continue to be his slaves. In an ignorant and racist rant, Sheriff Prator of Caddo Parish revealed his feelings about free prison labor. Prator was upset that the state passed a series of bills that would reduce Louisiana’s prison population by 10 percent and save […]

‘Innocent’ on death row: La. Supreme Court justices have harsh words for state

The justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rodricus Crawford’s appeal of the death sentence he was given in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, the nation’s death penalty capital. Below are a collection of live tweets that suggest the justices have concerns regarding this case, as well. Read more articles from this series: Why […]

‘Innocent’ on death row: the prosecution’s case against Rodricus Crawford

On Sept. 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn […]

‘Innocent’ on death row: Cecelia Kappel mounts appeal, faces Black DA

On Sept. 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn […]

‘Innocent’ on death row: Black DA James Stewart opposes White defender

On September 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn […]

Why does this town keep putting innocent Black men on death row?

Shreveport, Louisiana is the seat of Caddo Parish, the death row capital of the United States. Rodricus Crawford is only the latest innocent Black man to be trapped in this racist justice system. The Louisiana Supreme Court will hear Crawford’s appeal on Wednesday, Sept. 7. [jwplatform 8yqz4S6G]