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Life Sentences: Rage and Survival Behind Bars

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Drawing on their award-winning reporting for the Louisiana State Penitentiary's uncensored newsmagazine, The Angolite, Wilbert Rideau and Ron Wikberg present the stark reality of life behind bars and the human, political, and fiscal costs of our long-running war on crime.

A compelling, graphic portrait of one of America's largest prisons--written by the prisoners themselves. Drawing on their award-winning reporting for the Louisana State Penitentiary's uncensored ...

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Overview

Drawing on their award-winning reporting for the Louisiana State Penitentiary's uncensored newsmagazine, The Angolite, Wilbert Rideau and Ron Wikberg present the stark reality of life behind bars and the human, political, and fiscal costs of our long-running war on crime.

A compelling, graphic portrait of one of America's largest prisons--written by the prisoners themselves. Drawing on their award-winning reporting for the Louisana State Penitentiary's uncensored news magazine, The Angolite, Rideau and Wikberg present the stark reality of life behind bars and the human, political, and fiscal costs of our long-running war on crime. (Time Books)

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Convicted murderers Rideau and Wikberg began contributing articles to the Angolite , the best-known prison newspaper in the U.S., shortly after receiving life sentences in the 1960s. From the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, the newspaper's editor-in-chief Rideau (once a death row inmate), associate editor Wikberg and other inmates write with grace, detail and well-balanced insight about Angola's history (musicans Leadbelly and Charles Neville have been confined there), sexual assault, prison politics, death in prison and procedures of prison executions. Articles in the Angolite have won the George Polk and other journalism awards. Editors' notes usefully update these pieces, first published between 1978 and 1990. Photos not seen by PW. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812920482
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/7/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilbert Rideau
Ron Wikberg, associate editor of The Angolite, was convicted of murder in 1969. He began writing for the magazine in 1971 and joined the staff in 1987. He was paroled in 1992. Wilbert Rideau has been the editor-in-chief of The Angolite since 1975. An eighth-grade dropout, he was convicted of murder in 1961 and spent eleven years on death row at Angola, where he taught himself to write. He has been the subject of segments on 20/20, Nightline, and National Public Radio.
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