[Ppnews] Angola 3 Mark 39 Years in Solitary Confinement

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Tue May 17 10:34:18 EDT 2011

Angola 3 Mark 39 Years in Solitary Confinement

May 17, 2011
by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella

Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox have entered 
their 40th year in solitary confinement in the 
Louisiana prison system. A 
of events in New Orleans last month marked the 
39th “anniversary” of their placement in 
solitary, following the murder of Angola prison 
guard Brent Miller–a murder for which Wallace and 
Woodfox were later convicted on 
dubious evidence. The third member of the Angola 
3, Robert King, was convicted of a separate 
prison murder, and released after 29 years in 
solitary when his conviction was overturned.

King was among the 39 people who paid homage to 
Wallace and Woodfox’s four-decade ordeal by 
spending one hour inside a 6 x 9-foot replica 
“cell,” constructed by artist Jackie Sumell. The 
events, which took place at the headquarters of 
the organization 
<http://www.r-a-e.org/home>Resurrection After 
Exoneration in New Orleans. Other events included 
the screening of the film 
<http://www.inthelandofthefreefilm.co.uk/>In the 
Land of the Free, in which Brent Miller’s widow, 
Teenie Vernet, expresses her belief that her 
husband’s killers have not yet been caught. Of 
Wallace and Woodfox she says: “If they did not do 
it–and I believe they didn’t–they have been living a nighmare.”

The three men believe they were originally 
targeted because they were Black Panthers, 
organizing against conditions at Angola, and 
Wallace and Woodfox believe they remain in 
solitary for the same reason.  In a 2008 
deposition, Angola Warden Burl Cain said Woodfox 
“wants to demonstrate. He wants to organize. He 
wants to be defiant
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 blacks chasing after them.”

Wallace and Woodfox were recently separated from 
the prison that made them famous–and from one 
another–and moved separately to other maximum 
security prisons. Wallace is now in the Hunt 
Correctional Center, down the river in St. 
Gabriel, while Woodfox is in the Wade 
Correctional Center in Homer, in the far 
northwest reaches of the state. Both remain in 
“Closed Cell Restricted” housing, or 
round-the-clock solitary confinement, with brief 
excursions for showers and solitary exercise in a 
“dog pen.” Woodfox is now in his mid-60s, and 
Wallace is nearing 70. Both depend upon mail to 
relieve their isolation; they can be reached at the following addresses:

Herman Wallace
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
CCR – D – #11
PO Box 174
St Gabriel, LA 70776

Albert Woodfox
David Wade Correctional Center, N1A
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040

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