Once called "the bloodiest prison in America," the Lousiana State Penitentiary at Angola is now knonw as a place of hope for its more than five thousand inmates. The credit for this unprecendented transformation is given to its one of a kind warden, Burl Cain. His steadfast rejection of a "lock 'em up and throw away the key" mentality can bee seen in the progressive, compassionate programs and sound correctional procedures he has implemented. But the hallmark of Cain's remarkable administration is his relentless efforts to help each inmate discover the value and purpose in his life, to exeperience true freedom of the soul.
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 of Angola prison. Under his leadership, the inmate population of 5,000 has gone from regular knife fights to Bible studies. Cain is a strong believer in the ability of the gospel to turn the most incorrigible of sinners into productive, moral citizens. Because eight out of ten prisoners are serving life sentences without parole at Angola, Cain has taken upon himself the task of making the lives of these prisoners productive and educational. Through a partnership with New Orleans Baptist Seminary, prisoners have the opportunity to get a bible degree and even be transferred to other prisons as a missionary. The Angola phenomenon has been covered by such media outlets as: Time Magazine, Christianity Today, and in the award-winning film documentary, The Farm: Angola, USA. Author Dennis Shere combines his background in journalism and law to bring readers this account of redemption and life change in the most unlikely of places: a maximum security prison.
DENNIS SHERE was a reporter, editor, and then publisher for the Dayton Daily News before becoming the senior media manager at Moody Bible Institute. He is currently an attorney working on behalf of death penalty defendants in Illinois. He is author of Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison. He resides in North Aurora, Illinois.
The transforming power of the gospel message electrifies the pages in this remarkable book! Readers will have a unique opportunity to visit Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, a place that was once known as Americas bloodiest prison. When Burl Cain accepted the position of warden, he brought along his vibrant faith in Christ. The combination of his leadership skills and his commitment to the Lord effected changes in this prison that are nothing short of miraculous!
These pages lead readers behind the bars and into the hearts and minds of those who live there. Since most of the prisoners are serving life sentences with no chance of parole, the atmosphere was a breeding ground for despair. When Warden Cain realized that despondency often leads to violent behavior, he decided to give these men hope in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Cains philosophy is simple: prisoners are human beings and they deserve an opportunity to know Jesus as Savior. This book bears witness of the power of God to touch hardened hearts and change lives. The documentary style of writing makes these men real to readers and will highlight the command of Jesus to visit those in prison.
Although this facility has undergone a transformation, readers will understand that it is still a prison. Cain must be ready to deal with issues like riots and hostage situations. Not every prisoner has accepted the call of Christ and therefore unrest travels throughout these halls looking for opportunity. The author has included accounts of real-life problems that needed a firm but fair handling. The warden has proven himself capable of dealing with the worst that this prison can give him, yet he never loses sight of the best that he can give these men.
Cains Redemption will powerfully remind readers that every person is precious to the Lord! -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com