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Some say that Louisiana’s Angola Prison has struck a bulls-eye for social justice, others say that its biannual Prison Rodeo program is just plain bull.
Imagine this: Four inmate “cowboys” are sitting around a poker table, engaging in a little R & R. However, this ain’t no ordinary card game. The table sits in the middle of a huge arena, and suddenly “a wild bull is released with the sole purpose of unseating the poker players.”
“Unseating…” Hmmm… Could this be code for breaking every bone in their sitting-duck bodies while the spectators cheer? Or has that been (ahem) banned since the “good ole” days of the Roman Empire?
“Oh no,” say supporters. This is straight-up prison rehab. Why sit around getting a GED or studying the Bible when you could instead be engaging in state-sanctioned gladiator games?
If mangled poker players and/or gutted bulls aren’t exactly your cup of brew, not to worry. There is plenty of other action to salivate over. Why, between the bull-riding event in which “inexperienced inmates sit on top [but not for long] of a 2,000 pound Brahma bull” and the “wild cow milking” (use your imagination), there’s not a dull moment (nor an unfrayed nerve) in the house.
But let's hear what the “experts” have to say. Gloria Hultz, Executive Director of the North American Association of Wardens & Superintendents, stated the following to ABC News: It’s a wonderful morale booster. The inmates are very excited and very proud to be in this rodeo. It’s an honor.
However, dead men tell no tales (and give no interviews). Assistant Warden Cathy Fontenot did admit to some “previous fatalities.” This could give a whole new meaning to “life sentence” (which she mentions some of the inmate “cowboys” just happen to be serving)…
Copyright April 30, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved