In the Place of Justice A Story of Punishment and

In the Place of Justice A Story of Punishment and

10 thoughts on “In the Place of Justice A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

  1. Felicity Felicity says:

    No one can fault this book for what it is It's an extraordinary tale what a cliche of one man's struggle for freedom as he survives a life behind bars What's great about this book Rideau never once shies away from admitting he killed a woman and we know this from the very beginning And it's hard not to find his tale of rehabilitation in one of America's toughest prisons Angola in Louisiana impressive Yet even he admits that part of that was sheer dumb luck Had he not been sentenced to death row he would have been thrown into general population a place where the naive baby faced nineteen year old would barely have survived one day Living on death row a sentence that was later commuted to life taught him what he needed to know to survive in prisonskills that later came in handy Rideau's story demonstrates many things most of which I won't go into herebut what it does show is that without some powerful people fighting for you on the outside the chance of someone getting out of prison is very very slimThe book is longin some places very overwritten like this review An editor with a less forgiving hand might have helped Rideau seems determined to record everything he ever did in this book and at times stories of his achievements appear in the middle of a narrative about another event without rhyme or reasonWell worth reading especially for his perspective on how prison life operated and for his description of what freedom is like for someone who hasn't had it for forty years

  2. Kathrina Kathrina says:

    Incredibly detailed account of a man imprisoned at 19 years of age for murdering a white woman in 1961 but developed into a mature thoughtful and successful journalist within Angola Prison He made great gains for prison reform and for freeing individuals wrongfully incarcerated Proof positive that literacy interventions information resources and respect for individuals' rights and attitudes of self worth within the prison system create a better outcome for all as opposed to a philosophy based on warehousing and retribution Rideau was unusual in his ability to overcome a huge tide of biased and unjust retribution and if it weren't for his uniue ability to carry on and continue to hope he would have been another of hundreds of offenders who are forgotten inside the prison complex serving time until death as unjust punishment even when rehabilitation has been established While at times a bit tedious the details of his work as an award winning journalist are inspiring And his perspective of contemporary Southern history spanning the 1960's through the present day all from within Angola Prison and various Louisiana jails provides a uniue look at the Civil Rights Movement and its persistent residue

  3. Jack Nickles Jack Nickles says:

    This has been on my TBR list since 2015 yikes I got the rec from an NPR broadcast when I used to be an avid listener Rideau didn't leave out a single detail writing his autobiography nor should he have since the roller coaster ride which was his life in prison lasted 44 years What I learned from this book just like every other book is that some people are good some suck and that's humanity in a nutshell

  4. Abbe Abbe says:

    April 27 2010 A death row inmate finds redemption as a prison journalist in this uplifting memoir In 1961 after a bungled bank robbery Rideau was convicted of murder at the age of 19 and received a death sentence that was later commuted to life in prison at Louisiana'

  5. Brian Brian says:

    I was uite engaged by this biography for two reasons Firstly it read like a novel because it contained large amounts of dialogue which helps to break up the text and improves the flavour you get for the setting Secondly I'd just been reading about racism in the American South recently in The Help so In the Place of Justice continued on a thread I already had open and primed by another fine bookBefore this I had never thought to try to find out what prison might really be like I was surprised to find the author practically reading my mind when he wrote Like almost everyone else before I found out firsthand what prison was like I thought it was just a purgatory where criminals were warehoused and punished before being returned to society He continues I was surprised to learn that it was a world unto itslef with its own peculiar culture belief system lifestyle power structure economy and currency and I think the book succeeds in illustrating all these facets of prison using a raft of examples from the author's own forty four year tenure in prisonAs for the author painting himself in a favourable light I don't mind that It is clear that this is all from his perspective like a newspaper editorial and if I want anything than that I'll have to read additional sources

  6. Zetta Zetta says:

    Non fiction can be scary to read because it is NON fiction For Wilbert Rideau a black man to have survived after being sentenced for death after killing a white woman in 1961 Louisiana and then becoming the most rehabilitated prisoner in America is amazingI reviewed this book for New York Journal of Books but in short I recommend this book to everyone because it's not JUST about racism in America's penal system but about American JUSTICE What the author relates is backed up by court documents and can only be dismissed by politicians and critics who refuse to accept the facts in black and white no pun intended The mishandling of justice affects prisoners of ALL races not to mention the victims of crimeRideau does not make excuses for himself and accepts his guilt and remorse for taking an innocent life but what happened to Rideau by the workings of the American justice system should have EVERY American citizen concerned and far less hasty to accept the sound bites fed to us from politicians and the media

  7. Janie Janie says:

    This was a good read but I got bored reading the same ole' same ole' page after page I also felt the writer was a bit over the top consistently taking about me to the point of losing sight of the fact he was in prison for a reason

  8. Elyssa Elyssa says:

    Excellent memoir by a man who was imprisoned in Angola for 44 years He provides an insider's view of the criminal justice system from 1961 2005 that is uniue and worth reading

  9. Miles Miles says:

    It’s incomprehensible to imagine what Wilbert Rideau and prisoners like him went through during his incarceration in the infamous Angola prison in Louisiana In an era where racial euality was non existent where 85% of the prison’s population were black – later that was reduced to an 80 20% ratio – and the prison run by “rednecks” I find it miraculous that he managed not only to successfully educate himself but to rehabilitate to such a degree that made him the envy of many journalists and scholars in America By 1988 and having served four times longer than the national average for prisoners it became clear to Wilbert if he hadn’t realised before that he was being singled out for killing a white woman When he was sentenced to death in 1962 he was one of 13 prisoners on death row in Angola – of those he remained the only prisoner who had not been released According to James Gill a columnist for the Times Picayune Rideau was victimised – I have to say on reading his memoirs and recollections I wholeheartedly agree with him“With probing intelligence but only a ninth grade education Rideau honed his acclaimed journalism skills inside Louisiana's notorious Angola prison In 1961 at the age of 19 he killed a white woman in the course of a bank robbery Sentenced to death he was eventually given a life sentence after repeated appeals based on irregularities in his trial and national changes in policy regarding the death penalty Rideau suffered years on death row and in solitary; once integrated into the broader population he worked his way onto The Angolite the prison publication Eventually becoming editor he earned the respect of the warden prisoners guards as well as the broader journalism profession with exposés of the politics and economics of the prison system earning several prestigious press awards along the way He struggled with journalistic principles in a highly charged environment in which all sides were hyper partisan and often violent After 44 years and scores of appeals lost to political machinations Rideau was finally freed in 2005 This is than a prison memoir; it is a searing indictment of the American justice system“Full review on my blog

  10. Paul Pessolano Paul Pessolano says:

    Wilbert Rideau was nineteen years old in 1961 An African American living in Lake Charles Louisiana born into a poor family with little hope of improving himselfIn a botched bank robbery he murders a yound lady and is sentenced to deathThus begins his remarkable life in the penal system of Louisiana He is sent to Angola State Penitentiary the Alcatraz of the South He spends the next 44 years in various Louisiana prisons but most are spent in Angloa He spends 12 years on death row and 11 years in solitary confinementIn prison he became a self educated man and became the editor of the prison newsletter The Angolite which has received many awards for its journalism about the corrupt penal systemThe book not only exposes the corruption but tells of the dangerous living conditions in the prison He shows Angola's uniue culture encompassing not only rivalries sexual slavery ingrained racism and daily soul killing injustices but also acts of courage and decency by keeper and kept alikeRideau was passed over for parole time after time and had almost resigned himself that he would never leave the prison systme alive In 2005 a fourth trial earned Rideau his freedom The trial brought up the inconsistencies and lies that were part of his first trial His sentence was changed from murder to manslaughter and Rideau was freed for time served It should be noted that Rideau at no time denied the killing just the conditions under which the murder occurredAn excellent biography that not only brings out the injustice carried out against Rideau but also a story of love dedication loyalty and perserverence

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