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Angola Prison Rodeo: From the eyes of inmates

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The Angola Prison Rodeo is a known tradition in the state of Louisiana. For more than five decades, people have marked off each Sunday in October to attend the Rodeo. KATC took a deeper look behind the scenes and learned about the rodeo from several inmates points of view, 

Gary Young, Assistant Warden of Programming at Angola, said the month of October is synonymous with the Angola Prison Rodeo. Several inmates at Angola described the rodeo as a thrill, something that makes them feel alive.

Tristain Bartley, who participated in four events in this years rodeo, enjoyed the adrenaline rush that comes with the rodeo.

"Guts and glory gives me a thrill. It's like you're standing there while the bull is coming and you don't know what he is going to hit. It's amazing," Bartley said, 

Inmates who compete can win hundreds of dollars in prizes, which they say makes the thrill that much more worthwhile. Inmates feel that  the winnings help them become more independent, and means that they don't have to ask their families for help. 

Some inmates are new to the rodeo, while others have been participating for more than 10 years. 

"It's a behavior modification tool basically, because if your behavior is good, and you have good conduct, you can voluntarily participate," Young said. 

The inmates hope the rodeo shows people they are human, and that their past mistakes don't define who they are as people. Inmates count down the months every year until October rolls around. The Angola Prison Rodeo happens every Sunday during the month of October.

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