Former Angola inmate accused of killing 10-year-old and injuring teen in Lake Charles
Posted on 9/27/2017 6:06:00 PM.

Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon says a former Angola inmate is responsible for a shooting that killed a 10-year-old boy and severely injured his 17-year-old brother. Dixon says 50-year-old Felton Thompson faces numerous charges, including first-degree murder and he’s already served time for an armed robbery that took place over two decades ago.
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Audit alleges misuse of funds by former-Angola warden
Posted on 1/23/2017 2:05:00 PM.

An audit accuses former-Angola warden Burl Cain of improperly using state funds during his tenure at the helm of the state’s largest prison. State legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says several state employees helped renovate Cain’s private home in Baton Rouge while on the clock, including Angola’s maintenance director Tim Byrd.
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Court hearing on hot temperatures at Angola's death row
Posted on 6/15/2016 6:32:00 AM.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson has scheduled a hearing today to determine if death row inmates at Angola should have air conditioning. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says the state came up with their own heat remediation plan that consists of fans, ice chests, and cold showers for the prisoners, rather than AC.
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DOC investigating whether incarcerated rapper released new song while in jail
Posted on 3/30/2016 11:34:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Did rapper C-Murder, who is severing life at Angola for killing a 16-year-old, record a rap song from prison? Authorities say the video for a new single, “Dear Supreme Court” appears to have been put together following Corey Miller’s conviction, not before.
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Burl Cain holds press conference after cleared of wrong doing
Posted on 3/23/2016 1:19:00 PM.

Former Angola Warden Burl Cain spoke briefly this morning about the investigation into allegations that he was a corrupt prison leader during his 20 year tenure. The investigation eventually cleared him, as the Inspector General said there was no evidence to support these accusations. Cain says these false claims ruined his life.
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Lawmaker says Cain's decision to resign as Angola warden was probably the right move
Posted on 12/11/2015 4:30:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James Le Blanc says Darrel Vannoy will transition into the top position at Angola and work with outgoing Warden Burl Cain. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard, whose district includes Angola, says if the allegations Cain had private business dealings with inmates are true, then his resignation was the right call.
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Angola warden Burl Cain resigns
Posted on 12/10/2015 11:56:00 AM.
Angola warden Burl Cain has decided to give up his post at the end of the year after nearly 21 years on the job.  Cain's resignation comes weeks after The Advocate newspaper published articles questioning whether his real estate deals with relatives and friends of inmates violated Department of Corrections rules.  
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Angola Warden Burl Cain to resign at the end of the year
Posted on 12/9/2015 5:48:00 PM.
Longtime Angola warden Burl Cain says he will step down at the end of the year. Cain's resignation comes after an investigative report by the Advocate newpaper that examined whether the warden violated a Department of Public and Safety Corrections rule when he entering real estate deals with relatives and friends of inmates.
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Appeals Court rules air conditioning is not needed on Death Row
Posted on 7/8/2015 1:01:00 PM.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Angola in a case dealing with air conditioning on death row.The appeals court ruled that the State Penitentiary does not have to install air conditioning for all death row inmates.
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Louisiana prison population declining
Posted on 4/1/2015 11:43:00 AM.
The prison population in Louisiana is going down for the first time in years. Secretary of Corrections Jimmy LeBlanc told the House Appropriations Committee that from 2006-2009 the state added about 1200 new prisoners a year. 
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