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In Prison, Play With Trial at Its Heart Resonates

posted on May 7, 2012

This past weekend marked the debut and three-day run of  “The Life of Jesus Christ,” a passion play performed by men and women from the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Warden Burl Cain has often come under fire for the “Christian environment” of Angola, the men’s prison, and for his programs, which he sees as a way to combat the hopelessness at a penitentiary where the numbers of life sentences are particularly high. Writes The New York TimesCampbell Robertson, “The average sentence at the state penitentiary is 93 years. Of the 5,329 men in prison, over 4,000 are serving life without parole. Less than two hundred are expected to ever leave.”

Read at The New York Times