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What is life like for prisoners in Angola Prison?

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Life for prisoners in Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, includes inadequate health care leading to disabilities and death. As of 2015, a number of prisoners have sued the prison, reports Solitary Watch. The prison is also controversial for its unsafe temperatures on death row and extensive use of solitary confinement, explains the New Yorker. Although the prison administration encourages involvement in religious activities and education, the focus of the programs is prisoner pacification, according to the Atlantic.

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Built on a large tract of former plantation land, Angola Prison is the largest maximum security prison in the United States, notes the New Yorker. The class action lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Angola Prison officials cites cruel and unusual punishment, lack of health care, and lack of adequate facilities and services for disabled prisoners, points out Solitary Watch. The complaint describes instances of ignored symptoms of cancer and stroke, disabled prisoners left without proper care and medical equipment, and prisoners dying from lack of treatment of diagnosed medical conditions.

Some prisoners at Angola Prison spend two to four decades or more in solitary confinement in minuscule cells, reports the New York Daily News. The prison houses sick prisoners in solitary confinement, where nurses cannot see or hear them and check on them infrequently, notes Solitary Watch.

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