Albert Woodfox was a teenager when he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. The Louisiana prison was called Angola and those incarcerated there were treated like animals. They were strip-searched sometimes multiple times a day and were made to work for two cents per hour. Woodfox tells the story of his more than forty years in solitary confinement fighting for his freedom. This is a heartbreaking true story and it should surprise no one that Albert Woodfox is a black man.
I recommend this book particularly if you are interested in the correctional system in this country.
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Some interesting choices for your blog recently re: how much it costs to keep someone in prison and now this story. I have a young – ish friend who lives in NOLA. Katy Walker is her name. She was well educated: Smith College for BA and NYU for PhD. She then moved to LA to write legislation preventing juveniles in LA from getting the death penalty and also legislation preventing juveniles receiving life in prison without chance of parole. She is on FB if you would like to contact her. She is a very cool person and would be happy to speak with you.
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Thank you Rosie. I’m sure she is very interesting and well informed, but I am not on Facebook. I’m so glad there are people like her, dedicated to helping those in the prison system. It is especially problematic for people of color.