The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections announced Thursday that the warden of Dixon Correctional Institute will take the reins as temporary warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola following the abrupt retirement of Burl Cain, who announced his retirement Wednesday.
Cain, 73, announced his retirement about a month after The Advocate published a story addressing his private real estate deals with family and friends of inmates, in apparent violation of department rules.
Warden Darrel Vannoy will be moved to Angola on Friday and work alongside Cain until he retires Jan. 1, corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said in a news release.
When Vannoy, a 40-year corrections employee, leaves his post at Dixon, Deputy Warden Jason Kent will be placed in charge of that facility, according to the release.
“It is important from a public safety perspective that there is a transition period at Louisiana State Penitentiary to maintain the stability of the 6,200-bed maximum security prison,” LeBlanc said. “Warden Vannoy has spent most of his corrections career in various security roles at Angola, so he is a natural fit to assume operations. Most staff and offenders are familiar with his management style, and those that aren’t will get to know him during the transition period.”
Both Vannoy and Kent’s appointments are temporary, “but permanent appointments can be made at a later date,” according to the secretary’s statement.