By: Betty Chu
Cathy Fontenot, Assistant Warden at Angola Prison, explains how their rehabilitation programs are designed to promote service and to offer alternatives to violence.
Louisiana Lockdown has given us the opportunity to raise funds for initiatives that save lives. All proceeds from the series have been used to maintain two very important programs - Pen Pals, a pet shelter created for state emergency evacuations and the Reentry Work Training Program, a vocational training program which pairs short term offenders with long term offender tutors and peer mentors.
We believe it is important to find ways to safely and effectively give back to society. It is true that offenders have committed terrible crimes. They have caused unspeakable grief and deep pain to their victims and countless others. Once sentenced to live out their days behind bars, they become a full time burden to the state. They are our responsibility because they have forfeited their freedom. Why not find ways to provide these offenders with a way to give back?