Angola Prison: The Mission of a World within a World
By: Betty Chu
In the last episode of Louisiana Lockdown, the Angola staff and inmates struggle with maintaining family life with the harsh realities of prison life. Assistant Warden Cathy Fontenot talks about the institution of Angola and its mission.
In many ways Angola is a world within a world. It’s an institution built to keep the great majority of its felons from ever reentering free world society again. It is the job of the staff who work there to use the resources at hand to attempt to correct deviant behavior in order to provide public safety. While we can prevent men from physically escaping, we know that they still have an impact on their family, supporters, and the public. It is our job to inspire and ensure that any contact made with others (inside and outside prison walls) is non-violent and non-offensive. We hope that the messages are informative and can lead to discussion on how better we can serve the public in terms of their future safety. We hope to stop victimization and promote healing.
Our job is tough. We are committed to public safety. Our job is to "keep the keys!" When we do our job, bad things don't happen - hopeless inmates don't kill or escape and the public remains safe, secure in the fact that there are those of us committed to the challenge of this type of work. It is often thankless but we are acutely aware of the importance of our professionalism and when further violence is averted, therein lies the reward.
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