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Prisoners Celebrate Their Departing Warden

Special correspondent Wilbert Rideau is editor-in-chief of the award winning prison magazine The Angolite. He's also an inmate of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, serving a life term for murder. When the prison was under a state of emergency in 1990, warden John P. Whitely was hired. In his five year tenure, Whitely's management style helped turn the prison around garnering national and international attention. It also gained the attention of the inmates, who recently hosted a farewell dinner in honor of the departing warden. Terry speaks with inmate-editor-correspondent Rideau about the farewell.


Other segments from the episode on February 2, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 2, 1995: Interview with William Greider; Interview with Wilbert Rideau; Review of Dorothy West's novel "The Wedding."


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