Entry-level officers start at about $25,000 a year, or $11 an hour based on an 86-hour biweekly pay schedule. The average salary is about $38,000, according to Wilson, but in an interview with Gambit, Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections (DPSC) Secretary James LeBlanc placed the figure at $43,000.
As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration sees it, that's too much. With the state facing a deficit of more than $200 million this year (and much more next fiscal year), Jindal hopes privatization will reduce expenses at AVC by about $8 million per year, savings that LeBlanc says he hopes can be reinvested into rehabilitative programs. He says AVC is a perfect candidate for the plan because it's so similar to privately run Winn and Allen.
At Angola it seems this program has gone, perhaps, a step further.
NEW ROADS — A state judge granted a reprieve Tuesday to a wolf dog hybrid he ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior, instead “sentencing” the animal to serve a life term as a guard dog in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.