Posted: Mar 11, 2011 5:54 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2011 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Michael Shingleton talks with the Department of Public Safety to learn what it takes for a prisoner to become part of the trusty program.
News2 learned that Louisiana's qualifications are more lenient than those in neighboring states such as Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Those states don't allow prisoners who have violent backgrounds, which the two Louisiana escapees had.
Louisiana State Police say that their trusty candidates go through a very thorough interview and application process to achieve that status.
Since the escape a week ago, authorities say that changes will be made to ensure that the same incident doesn't happen again.
Changes include the time frame in between check-ins and a complete review of those allowed into the trusty program.