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StoryCorps: Trampus Butler

Jeremy Helton (l) and Trampus Butler

Trampus Butler has lived all of his 32 years on the grounds of Angola State Prison. On April 14, he sat down for a chat on prison grounds with StoryCorps facilitator Jeremy Helton.

Butler and Helton talk about what it's been like for Butler, growing up at one of the most notorious prisons in America, watching it change and evolve into what some consider a model prison, and how it's history is intertwined with his own. He's learned to keep a professional distance from the inmates he now guards, but there are individual prisoners who have made a difference in how he sees he world.

ALSO: In this extended conversation, Trampus Butler talks with StoryCorps facilitator Jeremy Helton about his duties with inmates, as well as the relationships he's developed with other prison employees.

StoryCorps New Orleans interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national project to record and collect stories of everyday people. This excerpt was selected and produced by WWNO producer Eileen Fleming, with support from the WWNO Productions Fund and from Villere & Co., managing the investments of New Orleans' families for almost 100 years. Listen again at or at

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