Louisiana State Penitentiary

Some say the show, now in its fifth decade, is an "American spin on the Roman Colosseum." Others say it’s a chance for inmates to add meaning to their lives.
Held twice a year at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the Angola Prison Rodeo is one of Louisiana’s oldest, and most unique traditions. Each weekend in October, inmates compete in one of the wildest rodeos in the south, doing everything from wild cow milking, to bareback bull riding. The event sells out every year, with the proceeds going to fund the prison's highly innovative re-entry program - a program that helps prisoners prepare themselves with job and life skills they'll need once they leave prison.
Authorities allege the crime occurred at Assistant Warden Barrett Boeker's home on the prison grounds.
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