Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans.  He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years. He volunteers with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. Contact Bill at quigley77@gmail.com

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:30pm
Louisiana is Number One... in Incarceration
In 2014, the US Department of Justice confirmed Louisiana remained number 1 , among the 50 states, with 38,030 in prison, a rate of 816 per 100,000 over 100 points ahead of next highest state Oklahoma. Because the US leads the world in incarcerating its people, this means Louisiana is number one in...
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Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 11:30am
No Lawyers? No Jail. Judge Demands Constitution Be Respected in Louisiana Public Defender Catastrophe
New Orleans Criminal Court Judge Arthur Hunter, a former police officer , ruled that seven people awaiting trial in jail without adequate legal defense must be released. The law is clear. The US Supreme Court, in their 1963 case Gideon v Wainwright , ruled that everyone who is accused of a crime...
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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:30am
Texas Mothers Jailed Five Days in Louisiana over Two Hot Dogs
Two Texas mothers, who police said had no criminal record, spent five days in a notorious Louisiana jail over charges they ate two hot dogs, milkshakes and an icee at a convenience store. The women were ordered held on $1500 dollar bond each despite the fact they had just voluntarily driven over...
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Monday, March 7, 2016 - 10:00am
Reverse Robin Hood: Six Billion Dollar Businesses Preying on Poor People
Many see families in poverty and seek to help. Others see families in poverty and see opportunities for profit. Here are six examples of billion dollar industries which are built on separating poor people, especially people of color, from their money , the reverse Robin Hood. Check Cashing...
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:00am
From Tijuana to Harvard to Compton to UCLA Law: The Journey of Social Justice Lawyer Luz Herrera
Luz Herrera, social justice lawyer and UCLA law professor , was born in Tijuana to Mexican parents and grew up in the Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard Law, she ran a solo law practice in working class Compton for years. She was the only full-time Spanish speaking...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00pm
Public Defender Meltdown in Louisiana
Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, no longer provides public defenders to all its people accused of crimes; within months over half its public defender offices are expected to become insolvent. “It’s a nightmare,” according to James Dixon, the chief Louisiana Public...
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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 10:45am
Water Resistance Trial Underway in Detroit
A jury trial is underway in Detroit for human rights activists arrested for blocking trucks which were going to cutoff water to low-income families. On July 18, 2014, dozens of people successfully blocked the trucks of the Homrich Inc., a private wrecking company that the City of Detroit contracts...
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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 8:15am
Ten Troubling Numbers Labor Day 2015
5.1. The official unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, or 8 million people, according to the US Department of Labor . However, this widely reported “official” number overlooks the millions of people unemployed for more than a year nor does it count those who are working part-time and looking for full-...
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Monday, July 20, 2015 - 9:00am
New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at Ten: Who Was Left Behind
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again. The population of New Orleans is noticeably smaller and noticeably whiter...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 8:45am
Fifteen Most Outrageous Responses by Police after Killing Unarmed People
Police kill a lot of unarmed people. So far in 2015, as many as 100 unarmed people have been killed by police. Here are fifteen of the most outrageous reasons given by police to justify killing unarmed people in the last twelve months. First, a bit of background. So far in 2015, there have been...
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