Pralines not Jails

23Mar12

Milk Not Jails says New York should promote dairy farming, not incarceration, for rural jobs.

King's Candies. Picture courtesy of his website.

Robert Hillary King has been turning prison into a dairy treat in a different way.

King, a former political prisoner, makes “King’s Freelines,” a praline-esque candy, using evaporated milk and pecans.  He perfected the recipe while locked up in Louisiana’s Angola Penitentiary, and shares the “not-so-secret” recipe on his website.

King served 32 years in prison, 29 of them in solitary confinement.  He was targeted for solitary confinement and falsely convicted in 1973, likely because of his work organizing the first in-prison chapter of the Black Panther Party.  He was released when his conviction was overturned in 2001.

Since his release he has been an advocate for the two members of the “Angola Three” who are still in solitary confinement in Angola.  Collectively, the three have been locked in solitary confinement for over 100 years.  Buying King’s candy helps fund his work to ending the cruel practice of solitary confinement.



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