Freedom After 40 Years in Solitary?

Supporters of one of the Angola Three tell The Root why he might be released this time.

Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert Hillary King (inthelandofthefreefilm.com)
Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert Hillary King (inthelandofthefreefilm.com)

To amplify what the Angola Three’s supporters say was the prevailing racial climate at the prison, they point to a 2008 court hearing during which Trenticosta questioned Burl Cain, installed in 1995 as Angola’s warden and widely viewed as a prison reformer who has overseen a decline in violence at Angola.

Trenticosta: OK. What is it about Albert Woodfox that gives you such concern?

Cain: The thing about him is that he wants to demonstrate. He wants to organize. He wants to be defiant.

Trenticosta: Well, let me ask you this. Let’s just, for the sake of argument, assume, if you can, that he is not guilty of the murder of [Officer] Brent Miller.

Cain: OK. I would still keep him in [solitary]. I still know he has a propensity for violence. I still know that he is still trying to practice Black Pantherism, and I still would not want him walking around my prison because he would organize the young new inmates. I would have me all kind of problems, more than I could stand. And I would have the [whites] chasing after them. I would have chaos and conflict, and I believe that. He has to stay in a cell while he’s at Angola.

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