Urban Partners’ Jackson Barracks Prison Education Project

In 1991, Ted Quant received a call from Warren Camouche the legendary founder of Thugs United in the Desire Housing Development in 1968. They had known each other from 20 years before when they both lived and were active in the Desire community.

Carmouche had read a newspaper story about Quant and the Urban Partners program at Loyola and was reaching out to see if the Jackson Barrack Prison could become an Urban Partner. That is how the Jackson Barrack Prison project started.

The leadership came from inmate leaders Warren Carmouche, Curtis Brown, Ron Gocheau and Hebert McDowell. The prisoner leadership was supported by an enlightened prison administration in Mr. Jobert and Mr. Wombel. Their support allowed the dream to become a reality. Quant brought the inmates together with Loyola faculty and staff, including Mary McCay, Julianne Maher, Jack Nelson, Darla Rushing, and many other volunteers who enthusiastically got involved in working with the inmate leaders to create a great educational program. Loyola librarians got together and created a prison library, the Law School taught law classes, and there were literacy classes, creative writing and many other classes taught at the prison. Ted Quant taught conflict resolution in the prison.