Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Orleans City Council Demands Action After Juvenile Inmate Commits Suicide

From WDSU News:

After the apparent suicide of teenager Jaquin Thomas inside the Orleans Justice Center last year, the New Orleans City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee demanded action and change, chairperson Susan Guidry said at Thursday’s meeting.

Thomas was found hanging in his cell on Oct. 17 after spending 54 days in the jail. He was 15 at the time and had been assaulted by adult inmates, after being arrested on a murder charge and immediately transferred from the Youth Study Center to OJC.

Guidry said Thomas could have been left in the adult facility for 120 days without ever being charged by the district attorney under the law at the time of his death. She said clarifications of youth detention and transfer laws that went into effect after Thomas’ death have led to fewer automatic transfers of youth to adult facilities.

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