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Improving Louisiana's Prison System (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-03-25

Duration: 00:08:31

Subjects: Crime | Prisons | PRISONERS | Prison overcrowding | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Dixon Correctional Institute | Hunt Correctional Center | Rayburn Correctional Center


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Macgougan, John Interviewee
  • Cain, Burl Interviewee
  • Da voli, Charles Interviewee
  • Stovall, James Interviewee


This segment from the March 25, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on Governor Dave Treen’s plan to expand and renovate the state’s prison system in accordance with a federal court order to improve the living conditions for prisoners. This report also touches on the expected growth of the prison population, the reasons for Louisiana’s high rate of incarceration and the need for the state to reassess how it handles non-violent offenders. Host: Beth George