On this chiquitasode, Cynthia welcomes Lincoln Mitchell and Ciji Jackson for a discussion on the largest maximum security prison in the United States: Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. They discuss the many similarities between the current prison and the former plantation, consider the responsibility & complicity of its current employees, and praise the men working in the law library. Correction: The Court of Appeals for the 5th District found that housing three death-row inmates in very hot cells without sufficient access to heat-relief measures violated the Eighth Amendment; however, air conditioning cannot be ordered as the type of relief because the Court found it was “unnecessary” to correct the violation. For more information see Ball v. LeBlanc, 792 F. 3d 584 (5th Cir. 2015).
Here are some articles on Albert Woodfox, including about him founding a chapter of the Black Panther Party and his 43 years in solitary confinement.
- How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary by Rachel Aviv
- 44 Years in Solitary Confinement is Even Worse than You Can Imagine by Wilbert Rideau with Linda Labranche
- Albert Woodfox: “I Choose to Use my Anger as a Means for Changing Things” by Rowan Moore
Other Articles on Angola
- God’s Own Warden by James Ridgeway
- Audit: Former Angola Warden Burl Cain Benefited from Free Labor, Nearly $20K in Other Freebies by Gordon Russell
- American Slavery, Reinvented by Whitney Benns
- Judge: Louisiana Must Keep Death Row Inmates Cool, But Air Conditioning Not Required by Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McFill
- Air Conditioning Not a Must on Louisiana Death Row: Appeals Court by Jonathan Stempel