Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’
Oscar winning actor William Hurt spent a night at Angola Prison in Louisiana to prepare for his role as an ex-convict in the upcoming film The Yellow Handkerchief. According to Hurt, experiencing prison life for himself was crucial to being able to embody his character and tell the story well. Read more here.
Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola Prison, is offering its inmates the opportunity to obtain Bachelor of Arts degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Warden Burl Cain worked to institute the program when Angola was still known as “America’s bloodiest prison.” This program is among others at Angola geared toward restoring hope among prisoners.
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Cain’s Redemption is an interesting book to check out if you know anything about Angola Prison or even if you are just interested in criminal justice. Written by Dennis Shere, the book details Warden Burl Cain’s tenure as warden of Angola Prison. The book can be found on Amazon.com.
This morning I read that Douglas Dennis, died from a heart attack suffered while serving out his life sentence in Angola for a murder that took place in the 1950’s. I only knew him by his nickname Swede.
Swede was the most intriguing man in that place. Sarcastic, bitter, but funny and brilliant. I used to bring him New Yorker Magazines which he loved and we’d talk about almost any topic imaginable as though he had been everywhere and thought of everything. No doubt about it, Swede was the smartest person in Angola and a good storyteller.
Jonathan Stack’s 1998 Academy Award® nominated feature length documentary is now online via The National Geographic Channel. Check it out!
Highest Common Denominator Media Group Executive Director Jonathan Stack’s short length documentary on the Angola Prison Rodeo held annually. Posted originally at The National Geographic Channel.