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1 Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary Modern Day Proof That Prison Programming Works

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3 A Rich History LSP first built in Baton Rouge (circa 1835) LSP first built in Baton Rouge (circa 1835) Angola – Named after the Africa country where the slaves that once occupied the land came from Angola – Named after the Africa country where the slaves that once occupied the land came from Leased inmates Leased inmates Plantation purchased in 1880 Plantation purchased in 1880

4 History cont. Period of inmate brutality lead to public outcry Period of inmate brutality lead to public outcry End of the inmate lease system End of the inmate lease system State of Louisiana claimed inmates in 1901 State of Louisiana claimed inmates in – Creation of inmate trustees 1916 – Creation of inmate trustees Penitentiary expanded to current size of 18,000 acres in 1922 Penitentiary expanded to current size of 18,000 acres in 1922

5 History cont. Brutality boiled over in 1952 – Achilles’ Incident Brutality boiled over in 1952 – Achilles’ Incident Media attention drew reform Media attention drew reform Inmate Trustee system eliminated in 1972 Inmate Trustee system eliminated in 1972 Programming evolution Programming evolution

6 Prison Structure and Architecture Dormitories Dormitories Single Sided Corridors Single Sided Corridors V-Houses V-Houses Small Home Small Home Death Row and Segregation Units Death Row and Segregation Units

7 Treatment of Inmates Levels of earned freedom and trust Levels of earned freedom and trust General Population General Population Big Stripes Big Stripes Trustees Trustees Civil treatment lead to reciprocation Civil treatment lead to reciprocation

8 Civil Treatment of Inmates Correctional officers seemed less likely to have preconceived ideas Correctional officers seemed less likely to have preconceived ideas Open as long as the respect was mutual Open as long as the respect was mutual Illinois – Treatment as substandard humans Illinois – Treatment as substandard humans Leads to… Leads to… Inmate distrust Inmate distrust Lack of cooperation Lack of cooperation Lack of motivation Lack of motivation

9 Civil Treatment of Inmates Soft on Crime Argument Soft on Crime Argument Trustee leeway Trustee leeway Segregation Segregation procedures procedures Status Status earned earned

10 Programs S.T.E.P literacy training S.T.E.P literacy training License Plate Production License Plate Production Religious Programming Religious Programming Baptist Baptist “The Rodeo” “The Rodeo”

11 Programs Unique to Angola Farming Farming FOLKES Vocation College FOLKES Vocation College Toy Shop Toy Shop The Angolite The Angolite New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees Volunteer Basis Volunteer Basis

12 Programming as Security Idle hands are the devils work Idle hands are the devils work Standardized work weeks Standardized work weeks Structure Structure Privileges that come with hard labor Privileges that come with hard labor Living Conditions Living Conditions Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

13 Programming as Security Participation Participation Low Wages Low Wages Extremely low compared to Illinois Extremely low compared to Illinois Effects of not working Effects of not working Working side by side Working side by side

14 Programming Focus Self Betterment Self Betterment Possible Retribution Possible Retribution Supplement prison funding Supplement prison funding The Angolite The Angolite Farm Farm Rodeo Rodeo

15 “The Rodeo”

16 Work for inmates Work for inmates Ethical dilemmas faced Ethical dilemmas faced Bribery of inmates Bribery of inmates Inmate abuse Inmate abuse Inmate exploitation Inmate exploitation Improper usage of funds Improper usage of funds

17 Exploitation???

18 Difference in Systems How Angola differs from Illinois How Angola differs from Illinois Proactive Proactive Programs that are self-sufficient Programs that are self-sufficient Politically active employees Politically active employees Union less of a force Union less of a force Volunteerism Volunteerism Faith based initiatives Faith based initiatives

19 Thoughts for Illinois Change in policy on volunteerism Change in policy on volunteerism Political Activism Political Activism If change in programming occurs If change in programming occurs What is needed? What is needed? Recidivism studies on those involved in programs Recidivism studies on those involved in programs Increased volunteerism Increased volunteerism Adequate separation of faith and government Adequate separation of faith and government


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