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Murderers Become Cowboys at Prison Rodeo

Louisiana's Angola State Prison sits on a former plantation that was populated with slaves from Angola, Africa. Twice a year, the prison, which is larger than the island of Manhattan, holds a prisoner rodeo. Yeehaw!!!



NPR painted a picture of the festivities:

The man selling snow cones is in for rape. The man selling pig tails kidnapped his girlfriend. The guy selling the Tornado Potato is in for life.

The arena seats 10,000 people from the community, and inmates compete in seven events, such as bull dogging, wild horse riding, "convict poker" and the "guts and glory" event. Most winners send their prize money home to their families.

Do you think this is a creative way to rehabilitate criminals? Or, does it undermine prison's punishment purpose? Would you stop by the rodeo to taste gumbo made by murderers, robbers, and rapists? To check out an awesome video of the rodeo, read more.

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