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Inmates Teaching Inmates (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-10-13

Duration: 00:08:01

Subjects: Prisons | PRISONERS | Education | Literacy


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Arceneaux, Robert Interviewee
  • Dugas, Russell Interviewee
  • Francis, Wesley Interviewee
  • Jack, Alton Interviewee
  • Breaux, Don Interviewee
  • Tatum, Tommy Interviewee


This segment from the October 13, 1989, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen Nachman’s report on an adult education program at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center where inmates teach other inmates how to read or help them to earn a GED. Nachman reports that the prison has a 3% recidivism rate after enacting this program in 1984. She interviews: Robert Arceneaux, Lafayette adult education; Russell Dugas, LPCC education supervisor; Wesley Francis, inmate-tutor; Alton Jack, inmate-student; Lafayette Parish Sheriff Don Breaux; and Tommy Tatum, inmate-student. Host: Robert Collins