Longtime Angola warden Burl Cain says he will resign effective Jan. 1, 2016.
While he insists he has done nothing wrong, Cain’s decision to step down as head of the country’s largest prison comes amid a series of investigative reports.
The reports questioned whether Cain’s private business dealings, including a large real estate deal, violated a Department of Corrections policy that forbids personal interactions between Department of Public Safety and Corrections personnel and inmates or their families.
In an exclusive interview with a Baton Rouge television station, Cain said when he was questioned his religious beliefs, he knew it was time to step down. Cain, a devout Christian, has been recognized around the world for his efforts in reforming Angola. He said forming a seminary at the prison is his proudest accomplishment. Cain has said he believes the only way to give inmates hope is to encourage a spiritual atmosphere in prison systems.
Cain became warden of Angola in 1995. Prior to that, he was warden at Dixon Correctional Center. Cain said his total of 34 years as a warden makes him the country’s longest serving warden.