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Tireless Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

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After killing a woman in a moment of panic following a botched bank robbery, 19-year-old Wilbert Rideau, denied a fair trial, was sentenced to death. He served 44 years in Louisiana prisons, mainly in the notorious institution, Angola. He was on death row for 12 years, in solitary confinement for over 11 years, and had four trials—and yet, he maintained a strength of body and spirit, fighting to reform the state’s corrupt penal system.

While in prison, Rideau became editor of the prison newsmagazine The Angolite, which under his leadership became an uncensored, daring, and crusading journal that won accolades, including a George Polk journalism award for Rideau himself. Still in prison, Rideau corresponded for National Public Radio, collaborated on “In for Life” for ABC-TV’s Day One, and even co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Farm: Angola, USA. In 1993, Rideau was described by Life magazine as “the most rehabilitated prisoner in America”. A jury acquitted Rideau of murder and convicted him of the lesser crime of manslaughter, which was punishable by twenty-one years in prison. Since he had served forty-four, he was immediately freed. He was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2007.

Rideau lectures around the country at journalism schools, law institutions, and conferences for defense attorneys. He recently spoke at Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles, where he discussed the importance of prison reform. In addition to writing and speaking, Rideau currently works as a consultant to capital defense teams in both federal and state cases around the country. He lives with his wife in Louisiana, where he treasures his freedom to tend his garden and train for a marathon.

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In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Redemption

In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Redemption

Speaking Topics
  • Against All Odds: The Value of Hope and Perseverance

  • Rideau v. Louisiana: The Untold Story of a Landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

  • The World of Prison: Myth versus Reality

  • Lifting Censorship and Prison Reform: Maximum Benefit, Minimum Cost

  • A Free Press Behind Bars: The Angolite Experience and Prison Journalism

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Wilbert Rideau

Tireless Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

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Wilbert Rideau Biography

After killing a woman in a moment of panic following a botched bank robbery, 19-year-old Wilbert Rideau, denied a fair trial, was sentenced to death. He served 44 years in Louisiana prisons, mainly in the notorious institution, Angola. He was on death row for 12 years, in solitary confinement for over 11 years, and had four trials—and yet, he maintained a strength of body and spirit, fighting to reform the state’s corrupt penal system.

While in prison, Rideau became editor of the prison newsmagazine The Angolite, which under his leadership became an uncensored, daring, and crusading journal that won accolades, including a George Polk journalism award for Rideau himself. Still in prison, Rideau corresponded for National Public Radio, collaborated on “In for Life” for ABC-TV’s Day One, and even co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Farm: Angola, USA. In 1993, Rideau was described by Life magazine as “the most rehabilitated prisoner in America”. A jury acquitted Rideau of murder and convicted him of the lesser crime of manslaughter, which was punishable by twenty-one years in prison. Since he had served forty-four, he was immediately freed. He was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2007.

Rideau lectures around the country at journalism schools, law institutions, and conferences for defense attorneys. He recently spoke at Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles, where he discussed the importance of prison reform. In addition to writing and speaking, Rideau currently works as a consultant to capital defense teams in both federal and state cases around the country. He lives with his wife in Louisiana, where he treasures his freedom to tend his garden and train for a marathon.

Wilbert Rideau Videos

  • Zócalo Public Square Lecture

Wilbert Rideau Books

Wilbert Rideau Speaking Topics

  • Against All Odds: The Value of Hope and Perseverance

  • Rideau v. Louisiana: The Untold Story of a Landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

  • The World of Prison: Myth versus Reality

  • Lifting Censorship and Prison Reform: Maximum Benefit, Minimum Cost

  • A Free Press Behind Bars: The Angolite Experience and Prison Journalism

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  • How to book Wilbert Rideau?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wilbert Rideau for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Wilbert Rideau, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wilbert Rideau or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wilbert Rideau?

    Booking fees for Wilbert Rideau, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wilbert Rideau, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wilbert Rideau?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wilbert Rideau for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wilbert Rideau for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wilbert Rideau or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wilbert Rideau or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Wilbert Rideau Speaker Videos

  • Zócalo Public Square Lecture

Wilbert Rideau Speaking Topics

  • Against All Odds: The Value of Hope and Perseverance

  • Rideau v. Louisiana: The Untold Story of a Landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

  • The World of Prison: Myth versus Reality

  • Lifting Censorship and Prison Reform: Maximum Benefit, Minimum Cost

  • A Free Press Behind Bars: The Angolite Experience and Prison Journalism

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