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“Contaminated Memories”: a look at mistakes and misinformation in criminal justice

The acclaimed Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” examined the case of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder. Penny Beerntsen, the woman who had been brutally assaulted, had incorrectly identified Avery as her attacker. DNA evidence later proved that another man had actually been the assailant.

Former Lake Charles police officer indicted for excessive force

Many of our regular readers know that a former Lake Charles police officer was recently indicted for allegedly using excessive force while making an arrest. Forty-four-year-old Robert Hammac is accused of assault with a Taser nearly two years ago.

Louisiana corrections officers accused of crimes

Everyone understands that life behind bars is very difficult. Those sentenced to serve time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary have long, trying times ahead of them. Those who work at the prison located about 150 miles east of Lake Charles often struggle, too, trying to get by on low wages as they spend significant portions of their days behind bars as well.

Louisiana mom arrested for Facebook post of video of school fight

About 80 miles east of Lake Charles, you'll find in Lafayette parish the town of Broussard. A 32-year-old mother there recently spent a night in jail after being arrested for what many observers believe is not only a miscarriage of justice, but also a violation of her civil rights.

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