Inextricably linked with race, class, and politics, Louisiana has had a colorful and sensationalistic history of crime, police, and punishment. New Orleans has frequently ranked as the “murder capital” of the United States, and Louisiana's prison system, primarily the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, generally known as Angola, has alternately been called “the worst prison in the United States,” “a sewer of degradation,” the “bloodiest prison in the south,” and “the Alcatraz of the south.” In his book Black Rage in New ...

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