Lisa R. Cohen’s film Serving Life (2011), a documentary originally produced for the Oprah Winfrey Network, smashes stereotypes by introducing audiences to a number of prisoners who volunteer as care workers in the hospice at Louisiana State Prison, aka Angola.
Angola is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States, and used to be one of the most violent. The violence has dropped by 75% over the past several years, largely due to the changes brought in by Burl Cain, Angola Prison’s Warden. Cain, a religious man, believes that by appealing to the soul, prisoners can be truly rehabilitated and saved.
If you have a Netflix account, you can now stream “Serving Life” and it’s well worth your time. It gives you a powerful look into a program that is changing the lives of some of the most hardened prisoners.
- Release Herman Wallace of the Angola Three: He is about to die of cancer in prison after 40 years of solitary confinement – Slate Magazine (aboriginalwriter.wordpress.com)
- Question and Answer Session at Angola Prison (revivalandreformation.wordpress.com)
- Angola 3 Political Prisoner Herman Wallace Given 2 Months to Live (hiphopandpolitics.com)