Last of 'Angola 3' inmates waits for decision on release

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Posted: Jun 10, 2015 3:00 AM
Last of 'Angola 3' inmates waits for decision on release

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Albert Woodfox once told a friend after languishing for decades in isolation that he would not be broken — but friends and supporters worry about the toll it has taken on his mind and body.

Woodfox is the last member of the "Angola Three" still in prison. The group has become a focal point for international attention over the use of solitary confinement.

His case took a dramatic turn this week when a judge ordered his immediate release. But the state is appealing the ruling and won an emergency stay Tuesday that is likely to keep him in prison until at least Friday.

State officials say he's able to communicate with other inmates and visitors and that he's allowed reading material and television.