Albert Woodfox: 43 Years a Slave on the Angola Prison Plantation

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albert 2By David A. Love

The story of Albert Woodfox tells us all that we need to know about the horrific conditions facing prisoners in the United States, and the troubling origins of American mass incarceration rooted in slavery.

Calling it “the only just remedy,” federal district Judge James Brady ordered Woodfox, 68, released immediately and unconditionally from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, after spending 43 years in solitary confinement. The court ruled that based on evidence pointing to his innocence, Woodfox should not be tried a third time for the 1972 murder of a prison guard.

Woodfox is the last of the Angola 3, who were convicted of the killing of the guard during a 1972 prison riot. At that time, the men were organizing a chapter of the Black Panther Party, and Woodfox always maintained his innocence, claiming the prison retaliated against him for his political organizing. He…

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