One of Angola’s most restrictive housing units, Camp J, has
been closed due to the facility's crumbling infrastructure. The cells at Camp J
were used to house inmates in solitary for 23 hours a day. Department of Corrections
Secretary James LeBlanc says the camp was no longer safe for use.
“It is a staff safety issue, an offender safety issue and a
public safety issue keeping that place open.”
LeBlanc says some of the inmates have been moved to Hunt and
Wade Correctional Facilities, but for the most part.
“We have found places for them in other parts of Angola, in
what we call restricted housing areas that are more up to date, if you will,
and the majority of them stayed in other restricted housing areas.”
LeBlanc says the decision is in part due to new standards
that were adopted as a result of Angola partnering with Vera, an African
American criminal justice reform organization, and the American Correctional
“We are doing this very meticulously and making sure we do
it in the right fashion, but I think it will in help, in general, Angola’s
Camp J housed 400 inmates at its peak.