July 13, 2015

100 Words -- Angola

I recently watched a totally depressing documentary on Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison. Ninety percent of Angola’s inmates die while incarcerated, thanks to Louisiana’s ridiculously long sentences. It seems to me that no one should be in prison for 50 or more years for crimes committed in their teens or early 20s. It’s easy to turn a blind eye if you don’t think of them as people. But many were just kids, jailed for life without parole. I think if they make it to 70 with a clean record, they ought to be set free. That’s the way I see it.

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