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Legislative Report – May 4, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-05-04

Duration: 00:24:15

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Prisons | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Phelps, C. Paul | Probation


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Brown, Jim Interviewee
  • Edwards, Marion Speaker
  • Spradley, Tom Interviewee
  • Mapes, Bud Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • Rivers, Griffin Interviewee
  • Phelps, C. Paul Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 4, 1984, features Beth Courtney, Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson reports on the week’s headlines. Next, Ekings reports on the Louisiana Department of Corrections’ proposal for an intensive probation program. She interviews Griffin Rivers of the Department of Corrections, who explains that the program would result in the release of 3,000 non-violent offenders, save the state $21 million, and require the hiring of 150 additional probation officers. Lastly, Courtney conducts an in-studio interview with Secretary C. Paul Phelps of the Department of Corrections. He discusses: the intensive probation program; the high cost of building new prisons in the state; the possible privatization of prisons; the work of the Forgotten Man Committee; and capital punishment.