A Louisiana teenager who died in a scuffle with a guard in a juvenile prison apparently was only two weeks away from being eligible for release on a two year sentence, says the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Emmanuel Narcisse, 17, had been locked up since October for shooting into a house.
Records released this week on court order show he was 16 days away from being evaluated for release at the time of his death May 1. A juvenile court judge attempted Wednesday to bar The Times-Picayune from publishing Narcisse’s criminal records, but she was quickly overruled by an appeals court.
Juvenile records are generally kept confidential, but an exception for records of violent criminals has been added to Louisiana law. Orleans Parish juvenile courts have routinely made public the case files of violent young offenders.