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Prison rodeo offers hope
where it is lacking

Los Angeles Times, by Molly Hennesy-Fiske

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 11/28/2012 1:01:51 PM

ANGOLA, La. — In the middle of the rodeo arena, the four men could smell manure from the animal pens and cracklins and caramel corn from the stands as they steadied themselves in their plastic lawn chairs, spread their hands on the red card table in front of them and planted their feet in the mud. They were bracing for the bull. Once it was turned loose, the last one sitting in this game called Convict Poker would win. They looked almost identical in their black helmets, protective vests and striped uniforms.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/28/2012 1:27:14 PM     (No. 9037776)

Now the convicts need Hope.

I am more of a Sheriff Arpaio type myself.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/28/2012 1:28:26 PM     (No. 9037778)

The old Texas prison rodeo, held every Sunday in October in Huntsville for many, many years, doesn´t exist any more. I loved it, as did many others. The Sundays were always complete ticket sellouts. But, it was eventually decided in Austin that the rodeo exploited men who had no real means of resisting. They made a little money, they had a little fun but it was dangerous and there were frequent injuries. I miss the prison rodeo, but I think it was a bad idea.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/28/2012 2:24:07 PM     (No. 9037846)

I was told that the Huntsville, Tx Prison Rodeo was ended because so damn few of the prisoners had any cowboy skills any more.

The huge stadium is still there behind the Walls Unit but it´s crumbling.

Huntsville, BTW, is at the center of Deep East Texas, a vast area of beautiful forests and lakes largely unknown to outsiders.

Hint: It´s not too late to become a Texan.
But you will need a new hat and an old pick-up truck.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/28/2012 3:09:43 PM     (No. 9037945)

No, #3, there was an activist push extending over several years to shut the Texas Prison Rodeo down for being inhumane. The eventual closing had little to do with cowboy skills, because few of the prisoners every had any. That´s what made the rodeo so rough and rowdy.

Here is a link to the history, if it interests you:

http://www.txprisonmuseum.org/articles/rodeo_history.html

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