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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.