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Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Formerly known as America's bloodiest prison, the 18,000 acres that comprise Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary are now home to 5,000 inmates, a full range of seasonal crops, a 9-hole golf course, yearly rodeos, a Bible seminary, a museum, and much more. All of this came into being at the behest of Warden Burl Cain, who is now the longest-standing warden in the history ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Northfield Publishing
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Jul 14, 2007 Allison rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book not expecting to love it like I do. I was leaving for vacation in a few days and needed some reading material. I work in a christian bookstore, so all books go along that theme- not something I am particularly interested in. while browsing through the bargain shelves, I found this gem. It's nonfiction, so I was already intrigued and it's about prisions which have facinated me. They have evolved so much through history. And this book really focuses on the newest evolution in ...more
Kym McNabney
May 23, 2012 Kym McNabney rated it it was amazing
This was a very inspiring story. A well written book that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster. This book IS NOT filled with a pack of lies, as one review seems to think. I met Dennis Shere, and Warden Cain, along with many of the inmates and those that work at Angola. Of course Angola is not a perfect place, run by perfect people, or has only perfect inmates. I don't believe that anyone ever made that claim. But what it is, is an amazing place with amazing things happening. Anyone who do ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book (2005). Warden Burl Cain of the Louisiana State Prison is in contol of over 5,000 prisoners (not to mention the number of employees required to make it all happen!). Any Louisiana tried prisoner whose sentencing is for over 40 years will be assigned to Angola (LSP). Angola is over 18,000 acres, and houses 7 separate prisons within its boundaries. Warden Cain's mother told him that he was sent there by God, and that he needed to make sure no prisoner went to his death w/o ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
This was a good read for my husband and I. We read it together to fill the time we spend driving to our prison ministry. It was great to read the stories of lives that are changing in the prison communities. As a society, we tend to focus on those who are unchanging, those who have lost all hope and have no desire to gain it back. It was incredible to read about the AMAZING things happening in what used to be one of the roughest prisons in America, to hear inspirational stories of men who see th ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring. From someone who has been on both sides of that gate and both sides of the law, this book really touched me. I believe in what Warden Cain is doing there at Angola and I think that prisons everywhere should follow suit. Very nicely written and hard to put down.
Apr 12, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
Terrific book! What an insightful look into prison life, specifically in Angola! Warden Burl Cain's approach to moral rehabilitation has changed the culture of hopelessness and violence into somewhat of a biosphere of hope and purpose, where moral rehabilitation starts and ends with the power of God to transform even the worst of criminals. Warden Cain's understanding that rehabilitating criminals requires much more than teaching them to read and write appears to have been the impetus for the ch ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Bridget rated it it was ok
I read this in preparation for a trip to visit Angola (the Louisiana State Penitentiary) in January 2015. I had real trouble with the position that Warden Cain takes -- that everyone in prison is inherently immoral because moral people don't commit crimes. I completely disagree with that perspective. Nonetheless, the insight into how this prison has reduced violence by way of seminary teachings is interesting, even if the reader may have trouble with the warden's viewpoints or personal positions ...more
Laura Ritchie
May 26, 2015 Laura Ritchie rated it really liked it
I recently visited Angola for work and met Warden Cain. I have to say this was one of the nicest prisons I have ever seen. The inmates were very respectful and I was impressed with the way they interacted with our group. The programs at this institution really do seem to give inmates a sense of purpose and do good things for not only the prison community but for the larger community.

I liked the book. I liked it a lot.
Randy Gibbon
Burl Cain is doing it the right way.

very educational about prison life and the challenges both inmates and Warden face.
a must read if you are from Louisiana or have interest in Angola.
Jul 21, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
A little preachy at times, but overall a very good read.
May 05, 2015 Kjeanee rated it it was ok
Great story, poorly written
Scott K
An excellent read on how not only a prison was transformed but many lives of the inmates who call Angola home were transformed through moral rehabilitation which it self came through Jesus Christ.

I've been to Angola a few times and each visit is a life remembering time sitting with and getting to know the men of Angola and hearing how God has changed them
Missy Graf
Feb 20, 2016 Missy Graf rated it really liked it
Loved this inspirational story of how God works through ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In a day when Christianity is persecuted, Warden Cain is able to institute moral rehabilitation in one of the nation's most dangerous prisons despite all the separation of church and state. Only God could orchestrate what is happening at Angola.
Rebeccah Smith
Jul 21, 2010 Rebeccah Smith rated it liked it
Interesting read but very one-sided. The author mostly ignores the numerous scandals involving Warden Burl Cain. I have a hard time reconciling the Warden portrayed in the book with the one I read about in the newspapers.
Aug 11, 2010 Tiffani rated it liked it
A story well-worth being told, and well-worth being read. The delivery, however, was disappointing. I would recommend it none-the-less. It may well shake up your views of life in prison (or what life in prison COULD be).
Jan 12, 2013 Pixismiler rated it really liked it
Great book about the good side of Warden Burl Cain. We'll leave it at that. Some stories in the book are very touching. Some stories in the book are hilarious and true to life.
Lee T.
Mar 28, 2009 Lee T. rated it liked it
A glowing report of Warden Burl Cain's transformation of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, considered the most bloody prison in America.
Aug 23, 2010 Sophie rated it liked it
This book was okay. The beginning was interesting and the last few chapters were good too becuase of the stories. The rest was kind of repetitive.
Anita Lewis
Nov 09, 2012 Anita Lewis rated it it was amazing
This book is very interesting. Angola prison was known as the worst prison in the US and this is the story of Warden Burl Cain and how he changed it.
Oct 02, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about Angola, the Louisiana State Prison, and Warden Cain who changed things there for the better.
Shawn Liner
May 23, 2010 Shawn Liner rated it really liked it
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Great book. Every voter should read this book. Really opened my eyes to prison and rehabilitation.
Aug 06, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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Great story about Warden Cain who helped turn Angola State prison around.
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