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Closure of Phelps Correctional Center (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: DeQuincy, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-09-21

Duration: 00:07:26

Subjects: Prisons | C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center (DeQuincy, La.)


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Henderson, Robert Interviewee
  • Jindal, Bobby Interviewee
  • Henagan, Lawrence Interviewee
  • Mitchell, Jeremy Interviewee


This segment from the September 21, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on the Jindal Administration’s surprise closure of the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy. Whinham reports that 259 employees will lose their jobs when the prison closes on November 1, 2012. He interviews Warden Robert Henderson, DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan, and Captain Jeremy Mitchell, who discuss their reaction to the closure and their disappointment about learning the news through media reports. This report also includes an interview clip with Governor Bobby Jindal discussing the closure. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford