In response to the letter from Warden Burl Cain, I disagree with his interpretation of the article in The Advocate. He is, in fact, the warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, a very high-security facility that does not have any inmates eligible for work-release. It is the job of Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc, not Cain, to implement and oversee all inmate initiatives.

While Cain is correct in that it is the sheriffs who operate transitional work programs or contract with Louisiana Workforce owner Paul Perkins if they so chose, it is the Department of Corrections and Perkins’ former associates and ultimately LeBlanc, through his chief of operations and adult services, who supply the inmates to those facilities operated by Perkins.

No person or public official in the article that I read or the newscast I watched questioned the theory or the presumed benefits of work-release programs.

What was questioned was (1) the propriety of the fact that Cain got himself exempted from ethics reporting and the filing of financial disclosure statements, (2) that it is the DOC that monitors the work-release facilities operated by a former associate of Cain and former employee of DOC, (3) that it is the DOC that sends the inmates to work-release facilities operated by a former associate of Cain and former employee of DOC and (4) that a former associate of Cain and former employee of DOC has an apparent business relationship with you, Warden Cain, and LeBlanc through your very own business filings with the Secretary of State’s Office and the very ethics opinions requested by all concerned.

By the way, the public business filings and public ethics requests are incontrovertible.

Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s Queen Gertrude: you doth protest too much, methinks, Warden Cain.

It is apparent to all, Warden Cain, that there is some “back scratching” going on, be it the highest levels of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections or at some other level, be it by emails, text messages or phone calls among DOC classification employees that perhaps suggest or receive a suggestion that an eligible prisoner be transferred here or there, or not; and by all other “DOC records” that are exempt from the public disclosure laws and, therefore, unavailable to the public.

Percy Flugance

retired

Lafayette