East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Project
Fixing Louisiana's Deadliest Prison
Following the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge Police officers in July 2016, many people gathered in Baton Rouge to peacefully protest. Concerned family members, community members, and mourning friends of Alton Sterling faced a highly militarized and aggressive Baton Rouge Police Department. Officers began arresting peaceful protesters without cause- including Black Lives Matters activist DeRay McKesson.
Many of these wrongfully arrested protesters were shuttled to the notorious East Baton Rouge Parish Prison (EBRPP) where they were exposed to dangerous, inhumane conditions of confinement, and intentionally humiliating treatment. The accounts of their detainment presents a disturbing window in to the conditions of the East Baton Rouge Parish prison. The Promise of Justice Initiative authored this report to expose the conditions: Punished Protesters: Conditions in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Since the report, PJI has uncovered multitudes of abuses and deaths at EBRPP.
Family, friends, and concerned community members have formed a grassroots campaing to shut down EBRPP and reform the city's criminal justice system. Recently Reuters released a multi-media investigative story on the plight of the mentally ill inside EBRPP. As one family member said:
"We're not just looking for band aids. We are looking for scars to be healed. We are looking for things to be changed, COMPLETELY changed."
Since publishing the report and hosting community coalitions, PJI has partnered with The Fair Fight Initiative* to combat the inhumane conditions at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. This partnership, along with our stakeholders, allows PJI to provide the best representation against some of the most unacceptable prison conditions we have ever witnessed. Please join our fight!
Funds donated to the Promise of Justice Initiative and the Fair Fight Initiative will be used to continue exposing conditions of the jail by suing in wrongful death claims, supporting the community coalition to shut down the prison, and complete further investigation and reporting on the prison. Contributions will be split equally between the two organizations for their teamwork on the project.
*FFI's 501(c)(3) status is pending.