Warden Burl Cain Plenary Speaker

Nathan Burl Cain has been the Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary since January 1995. He was named warden, and then the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Warden Cain holds a degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University. He began his career with the Louisiana branch of the American Farm Bureau Federation and subsequently became the assistant secretary of agribusiness for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. In 1981, he became the warden of the Dixon Correctional Institute. After fourteen years there, he was elevated to warden of the state penitentiary. Until 2011, Cain served as the vice chairperson of the Louisiana Civil Service Commission. He is the longest-standing warden in the history of the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Under his leadership, the inmate population of 5,000 has seen a decrease in violent incidents. He is a devout Christian and believes the only way to give his inmates hope is in the form of eternal life, and encourages a spiritual atmosphere in the prison. Due to Cain’s strong religious beliefs many refer to him as “Gods own warden.”