BATON ROUGE, LA – State Treasurer John Kennedy urged Governor John Bel Edwards today to maximize the use of inmate labor in helping Louisiana citizens and local governments recover and rebuild from the devastating flooding.

“The flooding impacted thousands of homes and buildings. Our citizens and our local governments need help,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “We can and should use inmate labor to gut homes and other buildings. We especially should use inmate labor to rehabilitate any state buildings that sustained damage.”

Louisiana law allows inmates to augment remediation activities following a disaster. Thus far, inmates have been used to clean shelters, fill sandbags and work on flooded correctional facilities.

“We need to make the maximum use of this valuable resource,” said Treasurer Kennedy.

For a copy of the treasurer’s letter to the governor, visit

Michelle Millhollon
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