Louisiana State Penitentiary

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12:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Death Row Inmate Released From Angola

The entrance to Angola Prison, where Glenn Ford spent decades on death row for a crime he did not commit.
msppmoore Flickr

A Louisiana man has been released from death row after serving almost 30 years behind bars. New information shows he was not involved in the murder of a Shreveport jeweler in 1983.

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1:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cooling Plan In Store For Louisiana Death Row

The entrance to Angola Prison, where death row inmates are housed.
msppmoore Flickr

The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. He demanded a plan to cool the cells so the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.

Windows and fans are currently the primary sources of ventilation on death row.

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NolaVie
10:17 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Legacy Of Herman Wallace, And The Movement To End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Herman Wallace's funeral.
Ann Harkness

The Angola 3 refers to three men convicted of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary more than 40 years ago, in 1972. Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox were accused of the crime, and then held mostly in solitary confinement for decades.

King’s conviction was overturned in 2001, and this month a federal judge released Herman Wallace, saying he did not receive a fair trial. Wallace died three days later in New Orleans from liver cancer.

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Cornerstone Bus Project
10:26 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cornerstone Bus Project Keeps Families Connected To Angola Inmates

Cornerstone Bus Project director Leo Jackson.
Nina Feldman WWNO

This weekend, over 30 cyclists from the New Orleans area will embark on a three-day bike ride to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The third annual “NOLA to Angola” ride raises money for the Cornerstone Bus Project, a faith-based initiative that offers free transportation for families visiting their loved ones in prison.

To find out more about the cause that this bike trip supports, WWNO’s Nina Feldman rode along on the most recent bus trip to Angola.

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Remembrances
4:45 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

Herman Wallace (left) and his legal team discuss his trip home to New Orleans after his release from prison on Tuesday. Wallace died on Friday.
Lauren McGaughy The Times-Picayune /Landov

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 5:36 pm

Herman Wallace died early Friday in New Orleans, three days after gaining his freedom. Wallace had spent the previous 41 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

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Latest News
1:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

'Angola 3' Member Dies After Release From Prison

A 71-year-old man who was convicted in the slaying of a prison guard has died less than a week after a judge freed him from a Louisiana prison after he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement.

Herman Wallace's attorneys said he died Friday at a supporter's home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment.

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Latest News
9:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Grand Jury Re-Indicts Released 'Angola 3' Inmate

A West Feliciana Parish grand jury has re-indicted New Orleans resident Herman Wallace for the 1972 murder of a prison guard just two days after a federal judge overturned the terminally ill man's conviction and ordered him released from prison after serving more than 46 years for armed robbery and murder.

U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson ordered Wallace released Tuesday and ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the fatal stabbing of Brent Miller.

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Latest News
12:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Dying 'Angola 3' Inmate Freed After Decades In Solitary

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:26 pm

Herman Wallace, one of the "Angola 3" inmates who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement for the killing of a guard, has been freed after his conviction was overturned.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., said Tuesday that Wallace had not received a fair trial.

The Associated Press says that Jackson "had also ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the guard's death. And, he ordered him immediately released."

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Latest News
6:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Death Row Inmates Seek Relief From The Heat

The front gates to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
msppmoore Flickr

A federal judge in Louisiana is deciding if death row inmates are being held in unsafe conditions from extreme heat. There’s no air conditioning in that part of the state prison in Angola.

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Corrections
12:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Inmate Found Dead at Angola

Autopsy results are pending in the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel told the Advocate Monday that authorities found 33-year-old Kriss Lane hanging in his cell at Angola's main prison complex shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.

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