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condemnation. They describe the con-
ditions under which Woodfox has been
held as inhumane and a form of tor-
Most of the time was spent at Angola,
where he was generally denied contact
with the general prison population and
kept in a roughly 55-square-foot (5-
square-metre) cell 23 hours a day, his
The isolation continued when he was
moved to another state prison in 2010.
An attorney for Woodfox, George
Kendall, described the conditions Wood-
fox has served his time under as "brutal,"
and blasted the state attorney general
for fighting to keep him incarcerated.
"This case ought to end," he said.
But state authorities contend his sit-
uation is not that harsh. They say he
has been allowed visitors and reading
material, and can see a television and
communicate with others, including
other inmates and chaplains, through
the bars of his cell. And they ve pointed
repeatedly to the severity of the crime
he s accused of.
"The perception of solitary confine-
ment is a far cry from the reality," said
Aaron Sadler, a spokesman for the Attor-
ney General s office.
Many of his supporters have followed
the case intensely.
Angela Allen-Bell, an assistant pro-
fessor of legal writing and analysis at
Southern University Law Center in Baton
Rouge, said she speaks with Woodfox
regularly by telephone and visits him
about once a month.
Speaking of the judge s Monday ruling,
she said: "I read the order line by line
and cried when I read it."
She described a litany of health issues
that she blames on his isolation, includ-
ing panic attacks. And she said he suffers
from health problems such as diabetes
that have been exacerbated by the soli-
"He does not allow himself to be very
optimistic about things. I think that that
is a coping mechanism that he has devel-
oped. But we talk often about the power
of prayer and the ability of God to deliver
miracles. And I do believe that he believes
that that is possible," Allen-Bell said.
The "Angola Three" were all active
in hunger strikes and work stoppages
that spurred improvements to prison
conditions, and all three suffered harsh
treatment thereafter as prison authorities
kept them isolated at Angola to prevent
more disruption behind bars.
Herbert said that at one point, the
Angola Three refused to submit to dehu-
manising cavity searches for contraband.
He said they were then taken to a cham-
ber where prison guards beat them with
clubs and baseball bats---but they even-
tually won a battle in court to end the
In ruling against a third trial, Brady
cited the inmate s age and poor health;
the unavailability of witnesses; "the
prejudice done onto Mr Woodfox by
spending over forty years in solitary
confinement"; and "the very fact that
Mr Woodfox has already been tried
twice" before his convictions were over-
NEW ORLEANS---Albert Wood-
fox once told a friend after lan-
guishing for decades in isolation
that he would not be broken---but
friends and supporters worry
about the toll it has taken on his
mind and body.
The 68-year-old Woodfox is the
last member of the "Angola Three"
still locked up in a case that has
highlighted the use of solitary con-
finement in US prisons.
"Realistically, I thought Fox was
dead," said Parnell Herbert, a 66-
year-old New Orleans playwright
and boyhood friend of Woodfox,
describing his thoughts after learn-
ing in 2001 of his friend s solitary
confinement. But Woodfox told
Herbert, "They will never break
Woodfox s case took a dramatic
turn Monday when a judge ordered
his immediate release and barred
the state from seeking his retrial
on charges that he murdered a
prison guard in 1972.
But the state is appealing the rul-
ing and on Tuesday won an emer-
gency stay of his immediate release,
meaning he is likely to remain in
jail until at least Friday.
Woodfox was part of a group of
three men who came to be known
as the "Angola Three" for their
extensive stays in solitary confine-
ment at the Louisiana State Pen-
itentiary, a state prison farm and
former slave plantation located in
One of the three, Herman Wal-
lace, died in October 2013, days
after a judge freed him and granted
him a new trial. The third, Robert
King, was released in 2001 after
the reversal of his conviction in the
death of a fellow inmate in 1973.
Woodfox is the last left.
He s long maintained his inno-
cence in the guard s killing, which
happened during protests of brutal
conditions inside the huge peni-
tentiary. His two previous convic-
tions were overturned for possible
racial prejudice, and the state is
currently trying to try him a third
Woodfox was put in solitary con-
finement after being accused of the
guard s murder, but his supporters
say it was retribution for his Black
Panther Party activism to protest
The federal judge who ordered
his release Monday said the state
can t fairly try Woodfox a third time
for the prison guard s slaying, and
that the "only just remedy" would
be setting him free after all the years
he spent in "extended lockdown."
The use of solitary confinement
in his case has drawn international
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Last of 'Angola 3' inmates:
I will not be broken
Albert Woodfox in an undated photo.
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