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Preventing Child Abuse (1992)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1992-02-21

Duration: 00:16:22

Subjects: Louisiana. Office of State Police | Child welfare | Fingerprints


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Langois, Christine Interviewee
  • Reeves, Janice Interviewee
  • Futch, Mike Interviewee
  • Ransome, Margaret Interviewee
  • Tidwell, Maggie Interviewee
  • Simoneaux, Nancy Interviewee
  • Johnson, Topper Interviewee
  • Day, Judy Interviewee


This segment from the February 21, 1992, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the need for a new fingerprinting computer at Louisiana State Police (LSP) headquarters to speed up background checks for adults who supervise children at schools and day care centers. Duhe reports that the office currently has a two-year backlog due to the limitations of staff and equipment. He interviews: Christine Langois, the manager of the LSP fingerprinting unit; Janice Reeves, computer manager; Lieutenant Mike Futch, ID unit officer; Margaret Ransome of Women for a Better Louisiana; Maggie Tidwell of Agenda for Children; and Nancy Simoneaux of Women for a Better Louisiana. Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Topper Johnson, the program director for child protection at the Louisiana Department of Social Services, and Judy Day, a board member of the Louisiana Council on Child Abuse. They discuss the chances for more state funding for LSP and their work in preventing child abuse.