State lawmakers take major steps to limit use of solitary confinement for youth in Louisiana
Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn about the future of the use of solitary confinement on youth in state facilities. We also hear about economic development in the small town of Vidalia and learn why Starbucks workers across the country are launching union campaigns.
Back in February we spoke to Beth Schwartzapfel from the Marshall Project who, along ProPublica and NBC News, found horrific conditions at the Acadiana Center for Youth in St. Martinville, including teens held in solitary confinement for weeks at a time. But recently, state lawmakers took major steps to limit the use of solitary confinement for the state’s youth.
Schwartzapfel joins us again to discuss the future of the use of solitary confinement on youth in Louisiana facilities.
The small Louisiana town of Vidalia is set to become a major player in the clean energy industry. The Australia-based mining company Syrah Technologies is planning a major expansion of their plant in the city, where they make a material used in lithium ion batteries.
Across the country, workers at Starbucks stores are launching union campaigns. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha produced a conversation between organizers in New Orleans and Birmingham as they talk to each other about their efforts and what they're learning.
Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh.
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