Alida Anthony feels vindicated.

“I’m so excited. ... It’s a miracle,” she said Thursday morning, less than a day after Burl Cain announced he would be stepping down after nearly 21 years as the warden of Angola, Louisiana’s largest prison.

Anthony’s son was murdered by a man who has received preferential treatment while in state custody. After The Advocate published a story on Cain’s business dealings with the inmate’s family last month, Anthony called for the warden’s removal. She was glad he decided to go.

“I don’t feel sorry for Cain at all,” she said.

The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the legislative auditor have each launched investigations into the matter. Anthony hopes they will mete out further punishment.

“Stepping down is just a tap on his hand,” Anthony said.

She also wondered aloud whether the fallout will affect other officials, such as Cain’s boss, corrections secretary Jimmy LeBlanc. And she hopes the Legislature will look at the case to write new laws that establish criminal penalties for relationships between corrections officials and the friends and family of inmates.

“Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” Anthony asked.