Mental Health


Why Do Detainees Keep Dying in This Baton Rouge Jail?
Linda Franks blows into a plastic noisemaker at the perimeter of Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish Prison during a protest with other members of the reform coalition. Her son, Lamar Johnson, died while in custody at the prison in 2015. Photos: William Widmer for LEVEL

Why Do Detainees Keep Dying in This Baton Rouge Jail?

In one decade, 45 people died in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Most were charged with nonviolent misdemeanors. Most didn’t have their day in court. Most were Black. How did the system fail them?

The Deadly Side of Activism
Huey Newton (center) gives the Black Power salute as he leaves Alameda County Courthouse on August 5, 1970. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

The Deadly Side of Activism

‘Revolutionary Suicide,’ the title of Huey Newton’s memoir, speaks to what…