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These Inmates Were Thrown Into The Air By Rampaging Bulls During An Annual Prison Rodeo

Only the best-behaved inmates are allowed to take part.

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Some of Louisiana’s most violent criminals have taken part in America’s longest-running prison rodeo.

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The annual Angola Prison Rodeo took place on Saturday in a 10,000-seater stadium located next to the jail.

Ironically only the best-behaved prisoners get to take part in events such as Convict Poker (above) during the rodeo.

The rodeo started in 1965 in a small arena built by a handful of inmates and prison personnel and was opened to the public in 1967.

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In five decades the event has grown from a small event for prisoners into a big business that draws thousands of spectators.

Proceeds from the event go towards the prison’s Inmate Welfare Fund, which helps pay for the prisoners' education and recreational supplies.

AP/Gerald Herbert

In events such as Guts & Glory, prisoners try to snatch a poker chip tied to a bull's head.

Those competing in the rodeo have to pass a physical beforehand to see if they're strong and healthy enough to take part.

Milton Billiot, 44, who has been an inmate at Angola Prison since 1990 after he was jailed for shooting dead his cousin, said: “It makes me feel like somebody.”

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