Tuesday, September 28, 2010

American's Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo


Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time. In a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country, these women share common experiences such as broken homes, drug abuse and alienation from their children. From 1940 - 2008, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary held an annual 'Prison Rodeo'. Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it was one of the last of its kind - a relic of the American penal system. Prisoners compete on wild-broncs and bucking bulls, risking life-long injuries. For inmates like Danny Liles, a 14-year veteran of the rodeo, the chance to battle livestock offers a brief respite from prison life. Within this strange arena the prisoners become the heroes while the public and guards applaud.

All I really have to say about this documentary is that if you have to do time, try to do it in New York. New York, you can listen to all kinds of different music radio stations on your walkman and sleep all day. You can run and exercise in the yard and eat microwave food while watching The TV. You can read lots of good books and drink Ice tea while brushing up on your Suduko and cross word puzzle skills. You can do all of these things, and more, without fear of being gored to death by a wild animal for the amusement of others

1 comment:

  1. looks like you got the post from here:

    http://www.utahoner.com/?p=1712

    even your blog entry, interesting documentary though.

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