Press: Jail Journal

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Editor Wilbert Rideau and Associate Editor Billy Sinclair cannot afford to play fast and loose with the facts. For one thing, they have to live close to their readers. For another, their readers include murderers, rapists, armed robbers and other criminals with a history of violent overreaction when provoked. Explains Rideau: "You're in a world where everybody plays for keeps."

Their world is the sprawling 4,100-inmate Louisiana state prison complex in Angola, 35 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. Their voice is the Angolite, the most probing and literate inmate publication in the U.S. Last week Rideau, 38,...

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