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Prison Overcrowding in Louisiana (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-10-22

Duration: 00:06:21

Subjects: Prison overcrowding | Prisons | PRISONERS | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Phelps, C. Paul


  • George, Beth Host
  • Young, David Reporter
  • Phelps, C. Paul Interviewee
  • Montgomery, Marvin Interviewee


This segment from the October 22, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the issue of prison overcrowding in Louisiana and the possibility that federal Judge Frank Polozola could mandate millions of dollars in prison construction projects in order to alleviate the problem. It includes an interview with C. Paul Phelps, the former Secretary of the Department of Corrections and a consultant to Judge Polozola, on his work in establishing population limits for parish and municipal jails throughout the state. Host: Beth George