Prison rodeos

Angola RodeoToday a co-worker told me about her trip to Louisiana where she attended a prison rodeo.  It sounded like something from another era.  Monkeys riding dogs, groups of inmates sitting in the middle of the arena inside hula-hoops seeing who could sit still the longest before a bull gored them.

Prisoners were paid $15 and got out of their cell for the day if they participated.  One contest paid $500 if they could grab some item that was tied to the head of a full-horned bull.  They were getting knocked out left-and-right, then pulled out and taken away in ambulances.

Lord.

I guess those inmates figured if they got hurt, a few weeks or months in the prison hospital would be like a wonderful vacation.

At one point someone announced over the loud speaker that a child had lost her parents.  Can you imagine losing your kid at a Louisiana prison rodeo?