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Violent Criminals Are Fan Favorites At Rodeo

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — They're often thrown like rag dolls and risk being stepped on or gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in ...

New Chapter In Long Saga Of Black Panther Who Killed Guard

AP | KEVIN McGILL | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for the state of Louisiana have asked a federal appeals court to reinstate the conviction of prison inmate Albert Woodfox...

What I Learned From Herman Wallace: Black Panther, Political Prisoner, and Friend

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Last month, at the age of 71, after 41 years in solitary confinement, and less than three days of freedom, Herman Wallace died of cancer in Louisiana. He once asked me: "Why would you be my friend? Are you forgetting that I don't believe in God?"

'Angola 3' Member Dies At 71

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 71-year-old man who spent more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana died Friday, less than a w...

Sarah Shourd: What Everyone Ought to Know About Angola 3 and Solitary Confinement

Amnesty International | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Amnesty International

Until recently, both Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox had been held in solitary confinement for 4 decades in Louisiana - longer than almost any other...

Redemption and Retribution

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

In today's New York Times, Campbell Robinson writes about Angola and Warden Burl Cain. Of the over 5,000 prisoners held at Angola, less than 200 are ever expected to leave.

GUARD DOG: Troubled Dog Gets New Career At Maximum Security Prison

AP | Posted 05.09.2012 | Weird News

NEW ROADS, La. -- The bad dog of the neighborhood has received a life prison sentence. The wolf dog hybrid named Chief – once ordered destroyed...

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup: The Smug Face of Black Poverty and the Feds Take on America's "Toughest" Sheriff.

J.D. Bell | Posted 02.15.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

Gene Marks's epic poverty fail, faith-based slavery in a Georgia prison, and making the mundane crunk.

In Serving Life Prison Hospice Care Teaches Inmates About Dying With True Dignity

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 09.28.2011 | Entertainment
Adrian Margaret Brune

Serving Life shows a different take on the U.S. penal system's obligation to dying prisoners and those trying to change their lives before it's too late.

Trymaine Lee

Former Prisoner Receives Polk Award | Trymaine Lee | Posted 06.15.2011 | Media

At a podium inside the Roosevelt Hotel last week, Wilbert Rideau, 69, stood before an audience of academics and journalists, as he prepared to deliver...

Should Judicial Mistakes Weigh Heaviest on the Poor?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

In what began as an armed robbery gone bad, Gene Toca was convicted based on misidentifications by two eyewitnesses. Though it remains doubtful that he was even at the scene of the crime, he's been in prison since 1985.

Christmas Day in a Louisiana Dungeon

Ira Glasser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Glasser

It's Christmas Day, and Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace are about to begin their 37th year in the dungeon of Angola Prison. A crucifixion. Where is the public outrage that will resurrect them?