Louisiana prisoner swimsuit claims they’re pressured to endure harmful situations at Angola jail farm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Males incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary filed a class-action lawsuit Saturday, contending they’ve been pressured to work within the jail’s fields for little or no pay, even when temperatures soar previous 100 levels. They described the situations as merciless, degrading and sometimes harmful.

The boys, most of whom are Black, work on the farm of the 18,000-acre maximum-security jail often called Angola — the location of a former slave plantation — hoeing, weeding and selecting crops by hand, usually surrounded by armed guards, the swimsuit mentioned. In the event that they refuse to work or fail to satisfy quotas, they are often despatched to solitary confinement or in any other case punished, in keeping with disciplinary tips.

“This labor serves no legit penological or institutional goal,” the swimsuit mentioned. “It’s purely punitive, designed to ‘break’ incarcerated males and guarantee their submission.”