In November of 2015, The Advocate began an in-depth look at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola warden Burl Cain, whose 20-year tenure at the prison brought an expansion of what he called "moral rehabilitation" programs for offenders, earning him acclaim in criminal justice circles in Louisiana, the U.S. and abroad. But Cain's regime was also marked by his repeated side business deals often linked to inmates or inmate labor, an Advocate investigation found.
A month after the coverage began, Cain announced his resignation. The Advocate's reporting prompted two criminal and two administrative investigations of allegations tied to Cain and the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, with three of the probes clearing him of wrongdoing. An administrative probe is ongoing. The paper's continued coverage has raised questions about how thorough state agencies have been in investigating Cain.
View the timeline below to see The Advocate's continuing coverage. You can also view the full timeline here.