Wilbert Rideau, A Convict's View: People Don't Want Solutions

Wilbert Rideau, 51, has been imprisoned since 1962 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, serving a life sentence for murder. During that time, Rideau has gained renown as a journalist, author and advocate of prison reform. In a conversation with TIME Houston bureau chief Richard Woodbury, Rideau gave a scathing critique of the prison system:

Q. What do you think of Clinton's crime package?

A. Public fear is out of control, so he has to put more police on the streets. Boot camps can help, but often they're just another feel-good device for punishing criminals. I'd like to see more...

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