Published on: Friday, September 8, 2023

Fifth Circuit: A quarter of all Louisiana inmates are held past their release dates—"for a collective total of 3,000-plus years." Yikes! And it's "[c]lear as day" that the gov't can't keep someone in prison without legal authority, so no qualified immunity for the prison supervisors who were deliberately indifferent to this plaintiff's wrongful 60-day overdetention.

The case is Ellis Ray Hicks v. James LeBlanc, No. 22-30184 (5th Cir. Sept. 5, 2023).