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Conditions at a Louisiana prison violate inmates’ constitutional rights, judge rules

 It’s been eight months since Mississippi’s largest hospital and the state’s biggest insurer parted ways, leaving many patients without access to affordable care for specialized and critical needs. As the Gulf States Newsroom’s Shalina Chatlani reports, contract disputes between hospitals and insurers are common, but for this one, there’s still no solution in sight.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that the conditions at David Wade Correctional Facility in Homer, Louisiana violate the constitutional rights of prisoners. In her ruling, the judge found that prisoners were housed in inhumane conditions and that the prison failed to provide adequate mental health care.

Nick Chrastil, criminal justice reporter for The Lens NOLA, and Melanie Bray, Assistant Legal Director at Disability Rights Louisiana, tell us more about this case and what happens next.

Plus, today is Veterans Day, and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is paying a special tribute to servicemen and women of Jewish heritage. Louisiana Considered’s Managing Producer Alana Schreiber speaks with retired Air Force Colonel, Risa Morris, about Jewish military history and what viewers can find at the museum’s new collection.

Edward Morris served in the Navy during World War II
Courtesy of Risa Morris
Edward Morris served in the Navy during World War II. His daughter, retired Air Force Colonel Risa Morris, recently donated many of his documents and artifacts to the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. 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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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.