Tonight, at 10:00 Eastern time (9:00 Louisiana time), another reality program premieres on A&E, Cajun Justice, showing life here in Louisiana. According to A&E, this program will center on Terrebonne Parish, located just west of New Orleans. Its capital city is Houma, Louisiana. This reality program will concentrate on the Sheriff, detectives, and deputies working under the sheriff in this area, which is deep in the heart of Cajun nation.
The idea of the show is watching law enforcement officers try to enforce laws in an area that is almost entirely swampland. It will detail the unique problems that occur when the indigenous population prefers to abide by its own laws, and doesn’t appreciate enforcement of unnecessary restrictions upon their autonomy. This causes a lot of stress within the Sheriff’s office, and between it and the citizens.
Twenty-one episodes have been prepared for this first season. Incidents will include investigating a Rouragou (swamp monster) sighting, stolen air conditioners (I believe that this is a capital offense in a state where the temperature begins hitting 90 degrees in February and continues that mode until November), or hunting for a serial killer who is being protected by the residents (I’m guessing that this is a Cajun version of Anne Frank).
The show will feature Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois, Jr. Below is a video of him explaining his powers, which are pretty godlike, as everyone here knows. As we all know, I’m our on-site correspondent for all things Cajun/Creole, and will be keeping a close on the program. Stay tuned for the first episode review tomorrow.