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Prison Overcrowding Crisis (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-17

Duration: 00:08:35

Subjects: Crime | Prisons | Prison overcrowding | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Criminal justice, Administration of


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Phelps, C. Paul Interviewee
  • Foti, Charles Interviewee
  • Litchfield, Elmer Interviewee
  • Baiamonte, John Speaker


This segment from the October 17, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Rob Hinton’s report on the prison overcrowding crisis in Louisiana. Hinton reports that the Department of Corrections stopped taking in new inmates in July due to budget cuts, which caused a backlog of prisoners at parish jails. He interviews: Secretary C. Paul Phelps of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; Orleans Parish Sheriff Charles Foti; and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Elmer Litchfield. His report also includes highlights of John Baiamonte, the chairman of the Governor’s Prison Overcrowding Policy Task Force, speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club.