Lafayette, LA

#1 Aug 18, 2012
I was wondering ...can all inmates participate in the crafts and rodeos or is it just the less violent ones? Can the lifers participate? Are death row inmates kept separate? Are the inmates serving life sentences living separately from the general population or is everyone together? Can anyone answer my questions..I am just curious!!

Bossier City, LA

#2 Aug 23, 2012
my brother is serving time there and no, not everyone gets to participate. only the less risk inmates. my brother, you could consider him a lifer, he doesnt get to do anything because he is locked up in his cell alone for 23 hrs a day. no, death row inmates are housed with the solitary cells, which those inmates are high risk, hence why they are with death row, my brother was there when he first got there 3 yrs go, been locked down for 8 total. not everyone can be housed together in one population. they have to keep them in their own units for the safety of the low risk. People serving life dont care about anyone if they know they wont ever leave there, not including my brother who still has a chance to get out. any other questions you have i will answer. hope this helped.

Lafayette, LA

#3 Aug 23, 2012
Thanks for that reply and I am sorry to hear about your brother!! We went up there for the rodeo a few years back and are thinking about returning for the October rodeo. Anyway, we just sent someone to prison there and he was going to get the death penalty; but, he plea bargained by giving some info that the community and family needed. The warden said that he would be in solitary and only allowed outside twice a week for 20 mins each time and if it was raining then the time would be forfeited and not made up. In other words, the inmate would be out of luck and have to wait for his NEXT scheduled outdoor visit. I also wondered if these guys in solitary were allowed visitors? Do you have to be family? Are they permitted to get mail? I figured there will be Hate mail sent to him but who knows for sure. Anyway, how old is your brother? This guy was only 33 and had a terrific job and what appeared to be a good life. I appreciate you talking to me about this and hope to hear from you soon. Oh yea..I was wondering does the family have to send them money for anything or can they survive if they have no family or if the family disowns them?

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