In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 366 pages
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Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning journalist who spent forty-four years in prison, delivers a remarkable memoir of crime, punishment, and ultimate triumph.
 
After killing a bank teller in a moment of panic during a botched robbery, Wilbert Rideau was sentenced to death at the age of nineteen. He spent several years on death row at Angola before his sentence was commuted to life, where, as editor of the prison newsmagazine The Angolite, he undertook a mission to expose and reform Louisiana's iniquitous justice system from the inside. Vivid, incisive, and compassionate, this is a detailed account of prison life and a man who accepted responsibility for his actions and worked to redeem himself. It is a story about not giving up; finding love in unexpected places; the power of kindness; and the ability to do good, no matter where you are.
 

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User Review  - Casey_Marie - LibraryThing

Capote-esque in its narrative, "In the Place of Justice" chronicles Wilbert Rideau's 44 year incarceration in the Louisiana penal system. Convicted at age 19 of capital murder in the Jim Crow South ... Read full review

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This was a very difficult book to read. Having had family who lived in the South during Jim Crow I knew the truth of the racism and cruelty of the times. However, reading about it from the point of ... Read full review

Contents

IRuination
3
2Tribulation
33
3Solitary
63
4The Jungle
76
5Mentor
108
1976
129
7Truth Behind Bars
149
8Disillusion
164
IoHope
212
IICensorship
238
12Behind Enemy Lines
262
13Deliverance
301
I4Heaven
330
Acknowledgments
351
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About the author (2011)

Wilbert Rideau was editor of The Angolite, a prison newsmagazine that during his tenure was nominated seven times for a National Magazine Award. While in prison, he was a correspondent for NPR's Fresh Air; coproduced and narrated a radio documentary, “Tossing Away the Keys,” for NPR's All Things Considered; served as correspondent for "In for Life" for ABC-TV's Day One”; and codirected the Academy Award–nominated film The Farm: Angola, USA. He is the recipient of a George Polk Award and an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, among others. He was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2007 and works as a consultant with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project. He lives in Louisiana.

www.wilbertrideau.com

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