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Angela Hill

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Angela Hill: Angola warden Burl Cain on Moral Rehabilitation

Louisiana imprisons more people than any other place in the world.  In the world!  How can that be?
Do we have more criminals than any other place in the world?  It is costing a fortune.  In some parishes the prison industry is an economic engine.
Burl Cain is the longest running warden in the nation.  He began his work in prisons 30 years ago and has been the head warden at Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary for the last 17 of them. Burl Cain has seen the growth in the numbers of those incarcerated and has his own thoughts about why and what might be done to slow it down.
But Burl Cain is also here to tell us about some programs at Angola that are making a difference to those who may get out and to those who will never leave.  What exactly is “moral rehabilitation?”  How do you help inmates with little hope discover value and purpose in life? 
Why did a prisoner escape another penitentiary with only one hope…to return to Angola?  
We’ll find out.  Join me, won’t you…

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10/28/2013 11:35AM
Angela Hill: Angola warden Burl Cain on Moral Rehabilitation
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10/28/2013 12:09PM
what "crimes" are most prisoners jailed for in Louisiana?
how many prisoners are in for "marijuana" possession? Cannabis is a healing herb, the misuse of which will only stop when its many benefits are more widely known. No one should be imprisoned for it.
10/28/2013 1:34PM
Whose Moral Rehabilitation are Talking About?
1.6% of the state’s population is incarcerated in a for-profit penal system, and the warden is going to discuss moral rehabilitation of the inmates? Rehabilitation suggests the regaining of something lost, I’m wondering if those greedy, heartless, money-worshipping “entrepreneurs” ever had any morals to begin with?
10/28/2013 4:48PM
Title Misunderstood
Angela, your title looks like Burl Cain IS on Moral Rehabilitiation. I think you meant Burl Cain Speaks Out on Moral Rehabilitation. Knowing him and his work at Angola, it seemed like a newsbreak. He has done a phenomenal job, I hope no one takes it wrong.
10/28/2013 5:21PM
Read title the same way. But it did make me read the article.
10/28/2013 8:53PM
Re-Entry Programs
One of the things I have noticed about recently released offenders is that way to many of them are returning to the environment from which they came. They are not prepared to deal with the temptations and conditions that got them into prison in the first place. Another thing is the public's attitude. It is very difficult for a recently released offender to find a job. There are programs, like Servant's Heart, which are trying to acclimate newly released individuals and prepare them both economically and spiritually for the world around them. This is a new program and one which shows some promise. If only the people who don't want to give these people a second chance, would think about their own lives. I would be willing to bet that many of them have done things that, if caught, would have put them in the same situation as the people they are condemning.
10/29/2013 11:51AM
Rehabilitate vs. Habilitate by Ex-inmate of LSP @ Angola
What I learned from Warden Cain from being an inmate at Angola .. real simple.. Definition of rehabilitate .. re•ha•bil•i•tate: Restore (someone) to health or normal life by training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness. You cannot rehabilitate someone that has never been “Habilitated” in other words how do you rehabilitate someone that has never known a normal life .. has no idea what Honor, Integrity, Respect, Morals, Faith, Love, Hope means .. The list is long. But it can be done and although I have not lived a perfect life after I paroled out in 1996 I still have not returned to prison. Where did I get a lot of this so called “Habilitation” ???? well from LSP @ Angola unfortunately .. or fortunately.. The key is to “catch them early” before they get into the system and that starts at home. With you .. The parent.. Its sad that we have gotten lazy around this.. I am right now listening to my 4 year old in the other room count to 20 with her mommy  She knows who I am and that’s where it starts. Or you can wait and let Uncle Burl take a crack at em.. I prefer the latter. Once they are in “The System” it’s a lot harder to reach them but Uncle Burl has proved that wrong several times over the years.. Just remember Habilitate and you won’t have to ever worry about Rehabilitate. by: TRSIV Ex Inmate of LSP @ Angola Paroled 1996 Uncle Burl if you read this give my best to Myron Hodges and Jack Stallings both lifers and both taught me a lot about life. Long LIVE Oak/Pine :)
11/06/2013 9:58AM
Angola?! Why?
Why call Angola, to some American prison? That is the question! Are you aware that it is the name of an African country?! I think that it is disrespectful to all Angolan citizens.
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