Prosecutors Use Habitual Offender Statute to Increase Severity of Punishment.
PJI is fighting for the rights of Louisiana's Lifers. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Henri Lyles case, finding that he had been convicted under the wrong version of the Habitual Offender Law. Habitual Offender Laws are used by prosecutors to drastically enhance punishments. Read the Appeal Article to learn more.
Ramos v. Louisiana at the Supreme Court
Louisiana's non-unanimous jury rule was adopted in 1898 in a direct and explicit effort to ensure white supremacy in Louisiana. On October 7th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard PJI's client's case and will determine the constitutionality of non-unanimous jury verdicts.
Light of Justice Project Lead Calvin Duncan Profiled in NY Times
Calvin Duncan has tirelessly fought against non-unanimous juries.