WC Criminal Justice Club takes field trip to New Orleans

Posted Tuesday, May. 14, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Members of the Weatherford College Criminal Justice Club recently enjoyed the result of their hard work this semester.

Paying for their own travel and lodging to New Orleans, the students, along with instructor and advisor Tim Poston toured the Orleans Parish Jail, where the local sheriff showed them the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused the facility. He also showed them the new jail, currently under construction with an expected opening in fall 2013.

The students also toured Angola Penitentiary, which now houses 6,200 inmates, 86 percent of whom are serving life-without-parole sentences. Angola is a model for hospice care for the elderly inmate. Also, a wide variety of programs are available to the inmate who needs a trade or education. The students visited nine "camps"- prisons- within Angola, including auto repair, body shop, electrical repair, welding and various other trades. Angola's 20,000 acres is farmed with Percheron horses bred at the prison.

They also visited the tracking-dog program and the wolf-breeding program and attended the Angola Rodeo and Craft Show. Twenty-thousand people annually attend the event and proceeds go to the inmate family fund. Angola's Rodeo is the only prison rodeo left in the world.

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