Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a conference on prisoners’ rights. The Southeastern Sociological Organization will hold the event on Friday, September 14th. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union.
Hosted by Rebecca Hensley the event will cover topics such as prisoners’ rights, capital punishment and Louisiana law. “Louisiana is currently the only state in the country not to base their laws on the old English Common law. We are still using the Napoleonic Code of law. They are basically the same” said Livingston parish deputy Sherriff Robert Ardoin. The keynote speaker for the event is Bill Quigley, professor at the Gills Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University.
“One out of every eighty six people in Louisiana is behind bars” said Hensley. According to her Louisiana has one of the highest rates of incarceration in not just the United States but in the world.
The event will also include different sessions, workshops and time to mingle and see what others have to say. “I enjoy going to these types of events. I like to know what others are thinking about the law system. The more people whom are educated about different aspects of the law will become a better citizen” said Port Allen deputy Jeremy Thompson.
Closing remarks for the event will be by Hensley. It will be held in the Southeastern University Ballroom at 4:30 p.m.