NEW ORLEANS — The way the warden sees it, the more than 400-pound black bear living in the middle of the sprawling Louisiana State Penitentiary is an extra layer of security.I've been out in that area. There's not much anywhere nearby to escape to. If you try, you'd better be like that guy who eats bugs on TV, because after a while, you'll be begging to get back to your cell. The last attempt to escape from Angola was three years ago.
"I love that bear being right where it is," Warden Burl Cain said Monday. "I tell you what, none of our inmates are going to try to get out after dark and wander around when they might run into a big old bear. It's like having another guard at no cost to the taxpayer."
Bears would be the least of your worries with all the gators, wild boars and rattlesnakes about, let alone the insufferable swarms of biting insects that will drain quite a bit of juice and sanity from you. Since the grounds are bordered on three sides by the Mississippi River, your escape route is rather limited. When they get the dogs on you, you're screwed. It's a hopeless proposition.
I'm still trying to find any sort of list of successful escape attempts from the Angola Plantation.
Here's the story of a guy that pulled it off in 1933
Lousiana State Penitentiary website
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