State urged to release last 'Angola 3' inmate
BATON ROUGE - A human rights organization is calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to release an inmate who has spent 41 years in solitary confinement after being convicted of murdering a prison guard.
Amnesty International delivered a petition Monday urging the officials to end efforts to keep Albert Woodfox jailed, calling the conditions inhumane.
Woodfox and two other men, known as the "Angola 3," were moved to isolation after their convictions of fatally stabbing a Louisiana State Penitentiary guard. The men denied involvement, saying they were targeted because they were Black Panthers.
State officials have rejected prior efforts to release Woodfox.
He is the last of the Angola 3 in jail. Herman Wallace died this month, days after a judge freed him. Robert King was released in 2001.