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Whalen Gibbs & Elain Ellerbe Interview (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-08-12

Duration: 00:06:19

Subjects: Louisiana. Department of Public Safety and Corrections | Criminals -- Rehabilitation | Ex-convicts | PRISONERS


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Gibbs, Whalen Interviewee
  • Ellerbe, Elain Interviewee


This segment from the August 12, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford’s on-set interview with Whalen Gibbs, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and Elain Ellerbe of Refined by Fire Ministries. They discuss the 4th Annual Suit Drive for prisoners re-entering society, including: the history of the program; the importance of the prisoners having a new suit for job interviews; how Refined by Fire Ministries became involved; the donation process at Men’s Wearhouse stores around the state; and the difference the suits make to the prisoners.