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Solitary: unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement. My story of transformation and hope

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"[This] is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement--in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana--for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge from his odyssey within America's prison and judicial systems with his humanity and sense of hope for the future intact is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the United States and around the world. Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, Albert was behind bars in his early twenties when he was inspired to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living. He was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola prison in Louisiana for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were immediately accused of the crime and put in solitary confinement by the warden. Without a shred of actual evidence against them, their trial was a sham of justice that gave them life sentences in solitary. Decades passed before Albert gained a lawyer of consequence; even so, sixteen more years and multiple appeals were needed before he was finally released in February 2016. Remarkably self-aware that anger or bitterness would have destroyed him in solitary confinement, sustained by the shared solidarity of two fellow Panthers, Albert turned his anger into activism and resistance. The Angola 3, as they became known, resolved never to be broken by the grinding inhumanity and corruption that effectively held them for decades as political prisoners. Albert survived to give us Solitary, a chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds."--Dust jacket.
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subject_facetAfrican American men -- Louisiana
African American political activists -- Louisiana -- Biography
African American prisoners -- United States -- Biography
Autobiographies
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
Biographies
Crime and race -- Louisiana
Electronic books
Ex-convicts -- Louisiana -- Biography
False imprisonment -- United States -- Personal narratives
Judicial error -- United States
Lawyers -- Malpractice -- United States
Legal ethics -- United States
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Minorities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Louisiana
Prisoners -- Louisiana -- Biography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology
Solitary confinement
Trials (False imprisonment) -- United States
Woodfox, Albert
title_displaySolitary : unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement ; my story of transformation and hope
title_fullSolitary : unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement : my story of transformation and hope [electronic resource] / Albert Woodfox with Leslie George
Solitary : unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement ; my story of transformation and hope / Albert Woodfox ; with Leslie George
Solitary : unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement. My story of transformation and hope / Albert Woodfox ; with Leslie George
title_shortSolitary
title_subunbroken by four decades in solitary confinement. My story of transformation and hope
topic_facetAfrican American men
African American political activists
African American prisoners
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
Crime and race
Electronic books
Ex-convicts
False imprisonment
Judicial error
Lawyers
Legal ethics
Legal status, laws, etc
Malpractice
Minorities
Prisoners
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology
Solitary confinement
Trials (False imprisonment)
Woodfox, Albert