Working at Angola: Giving Light at the End of the Tunnel
By: Betty Chu
What's it like being an Assistant Warden? Hear from Cathy Fontenot and the road that brought her to Angola.
The Assistant Warden of Programming works under the Deputy Warden of Programming and is responsible for all offender services and programs. Classification, the placement of offenders in their housing, work and the following of their progress throughout their incarceration, is one of the chief areas of my work. Reentry efforts to correct the deviant behavior in those who are due for release back into society is unique here as we use long-term offenders as peer mentors to train and share their life experiences with short-term offenders. These areas of responsibility involve daily contact with offenders, their families, crime victims/survivors, every other discipline at the prison and throughout the Department of Corrections, as well as outside law enforcement. Angola attracts lots of tourists, media and researchers so my calendar remains full – as we average 2,500 people who visit each month.
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