I read with true disgust the article on Burl Cain’s business dealings and questions of his professional ethics. As someone who spent nearly 30 years in Angola, worked for nearly a decade at the Ranch House and, consequently, knows all of the people mentioned in the article, I am extremely disappointed in the imbalance of your article.

It is fraught with factual errors and clever misdirection. The truth is that some of the most vile lies ever told will possess at least one kernel of truth. Every citizen in Louisiana should write Warden Cain a personal letter of gratitude for an exemplary job of managing a toxic and potentially highly explosive maximum security prison with poise and professionalism. His philosophy on prison management has saved the Louisiana citizens untold hardships and expenses associated with prison riots and escapes, and in the process, even managed to create a culture of respect and peaceful coexistence between culturally exclusive groups of inmates. The Angola to which I arrived was steeped in violence and corruption, where stabbings were rampant, and no one knew if they were going to survive from one day to the next. Warden Cain transformed Angola into a hub of education, Christianity and purposeful living. Next time an article is written on Cain, it should be to pour out accolades for his brilliance in implementing the process that led to this type of transformation. If he wasn’t ordained by God for this task, I don’t know who could have accomplished such a feat. And yet, I can’t help but think that he would be more at home on a tractor cutting a field of grass than managing such a dynamic and ever changing prison. At the core, he’s still a country boy from Pitkin, Louisiana.

Shelby Arabie

senior power generation technician