“In Louisiana, you’ve got all these prison entrepreneurs who are mostly local sheriffs who have built these prisons, and the prisons function just like hotels. They get a payment per person per day, and if they don’t keep the beds full they’re going to lose money,” says reporter Cindy Chang. More
According to US government figures, more than 40,000 people have been brought in to help clean up the oil and deal with the crisis. But many in the fishing industry say they haven’t been able to get work, and they don’t know when they’ll be able to resume their livelihoods. More
Watch more from New Orleans Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Margaret Dubuisson of Catholic Charities of the New Orleans Archdiocese, and Rev. John Dee Jeffries, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Chalmette, discussing the spiritual toll of the oil spill crisis for people along the Gulf Coast. More
Pastor David Brown is a circuit preacher. Once called called circuit riders, these preachers went from town to town in 19th-century America to spread the Gospel. They’ve gone from horseback to car, but they’re still around. No one knows just how many there are, but they serve the same purpose they always have–to bring a religious message to people with no fulltime preacher of their own.