Allen Parish sheriff included in SPLC records suit - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Allen Parish sheriff included in SPLC records suit

OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) -

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit that names Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert and 14 other Louisiana sheriffs, according to a news release from the center.

The release states that the lawsuit is over public documents regarding immigrants.

The non-profit civil rights center is alleging that the records have not been turned over by the sheriffs and that the rights of immigrants detained in Louisiana have been violated.

"The lawsuit against Vermilion Parish Sheriff Michael Couvillon was filed after he and a number of other sheriffs across the state refused to release public documents that could confirm concerns that the rights of immigrants detained in Louisiana have been systematically violated.," the release states.

However, Hebert spoke with KPLC Wednesday morning and said his department has not released any records because they do not have any to release. He said that is because Allen Parish does not house federal inmates in the Allen Parish Jail.

The suit was filed Wednesday, according to the release.

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