CLIFFORD BOWMAN, LEFT, IS EVERYTHING A RODEO HERO SHOULD BE. He rides tall in the saddle. He can hang on to a bucking bull with the best of them. He can milk a wild cow, and he's handy with a gun--after all, he's serving a life sentence for killing his father-in-law with a rifle.

No, Bowman is not your run-of-the-mill broncobuster. But he is the winner of this year's All-Around Champion Cowboy title at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Site of the only all-inmate rodeo in the nation, Angola is home to what the event's organizers tout as a "gang...

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