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.