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LSU Law adjunct professor, students in the Parole Assistance and Re-entry Clinic working to help ’10-6 lifers’ in Louisiana

Jane Hogan, an adjunct professor in our Parole Assistance and Re-entry Clinic, is quoted by The New York Times about her work to remedy sentencing injustices for some of Louisiana’s oldest and longest-serving prisoners, who have become known as “10-6 lifers.”

Hogan has been hired by the Louisiana Parole Project to represent two such prisoners who accepted plea agreements in the early 1970s that carried life sentences but allowed for parole eligibility after 10 years and six months. However, the parole eligibility requirements were subsequently raised to 40 years before being eliminated entirely by 1979, and Hogan’s clients remain in prison.

LSU Law students in the Parole and Re-entry Clinic are assisting in these cases by reviewing trial and prison records as well as interviewing prisoners to prepare motions for sentence modifications that will be filed in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, said LSU Law Professor Robert Lancaster, who teaches the clinic.