Leadership EXCEL class studies criminal justice
CROWLEY – The February program on Civil/Criminal Justice consisted of a visit to Angola State Penitentiary on Wednesday February 18.
The goal of the session was to acquaint participants with the state criminal justice system. Board members leading the all day session were: Pat Derbes, Bank of Commerce, Donna Collins, Capital One ,and Peggy Sandidge, EXCEL coordinator.
Participants enjoyed a bus tour of the 18,000 acre site, as well as a visit to the museum. They viewed the area where the electric chair was formerly used, and walked through “Red Hat” cellblock, where the most unmanageable and dangerous criminals were housed in the past. This building is now on the National Register of Historic Places. They also saw a dormitory, and the lethal injection table. An informative question and answer session with a trustee helped members to understand how the prison is being operated.
Those attending were: Jan Bergeron, LSU Ag Center/VFC Club, Troy Broussard Jeff Davis Arts Council, Elaine Credeur, Acadia Parish Police Jury, Joe Gordon, LTC Acadian Campus, Vicki Guidry, Ruddock’s Bakery, Kim Guilbeau, Dugas Soileau, & Breaux, Peggy Harmon, Acadia Parish Sheriff Dept., Rosaline Landry, Acadia Parish Police Jury, Sherry LeGros, St. Martin Bank, Terry Magnon, City of Crowley, Judy Puissegur, Bank of Commerce, Angela Schexnider, LTC-Morgan Smith Campus, Jackie Sonnier, First National Bank, Robbie Trahan, Falcon Rice Mill, Loretta Venable, Church Point Bank & Trust, Dwight Toland, Francis Drilling Fluids, Elia Richard, Welsh Rotary Club, and students Joshua Bertrand, Elton High School, Kason Derks, Hathaway High School, Christana Goff, student, Jeremy Langham, Crowley High School, and Alexis Myers, Midland High School.
The next session on March 18 will be on Economic Development/Agriculture.
For information call the Crowley Chamber of Commerce at 788-0177 of the Jeff Davis Business Alliance at 824-0933.