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Loyola students and faculty get close-up view of state penitentiary system during visit to Angola Prison

April 11, 2008

On Thursday, faculty, staff and students from the Department of Criminal Justice at Loyola University New Orleans visited the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to see first-hand how the state prison system operates.

The trip allowed students to gain a better understanding of day-to-day life in prison from an inmate’s perspective, to witness rehabilitation programs in action, and to get a better understanding of where correctional facilities fit into the overall criminal justice system. During the trip, visitors viewed the electric chair and the lethal injection room, toured the prison radio station, and spoke to inmates including the editor of the Angolite, the prison magazine.

Bob English, lecturer of criminal justice, led this trip to Angola Prison as a part of his Correctional Institutions Course. This course is designed to teach students the different levels of the penitentiary system and provide an in-depth study of rehabilitation methods for inmates. During the semester, his students are tasked to visit different correctional facilities in an effort to learn more about the prison system, from small local facilities to large state facilities. This trip to Angola prison served as the final component of English’s class to educate his students about a large scale maximum security institution.

For more information, contact Bob English in the Department of Criminal Justice at rlenglis@loyno.edu.

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