18 May 2019

Man spent 40 years in solitary confinement for murder he says he didn’t commit

International Editor

He served 43 years in solitary confinement, longer than any other American prisoner.

Originally jailed for a petty offence, he claims that he was then falsely accused of murdering a prison guard, a crime he repeatedly claimed he didn’t commit and for which there was no physical evidence.

Albert Woodfox finally secured his freedom from the Angola penitentiary in Louisiana after admitting to lesser charges in a plea bargain.

Now he’s written a book about his ordeal and is an icon of the Black Lives Matter movement.

We met him at his home in New Orleans.