06/16/1999 at 12:00 AM EDT

Hobbled by leg irons and bound in handcuffs, Harry Connick Jr. was dragged into a prison lockdown unit to do his time: two days. The actor-crooner was doing research for an upcoming role as an inmate when he was put in prison clothes and restrained for his trip to Camp J, a solitary unit at notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary. An unshaven Connick, who had planned to do three days in solitary, signaled to get out a day early, saying "it was too quiet" and "the food wasn't too good," said Warden Burl Cain. "The inmates didn't know who he was," Cain said. "They nicknamed him 'Youngster.'"

  • In return for the cooperation, Connick (whose father is the District Attorney of New Orleans) agreed to do a concert for the inmates next spring and to help raise money to build chapels in state prisons.
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