Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Prisoners Like To Buck

MCALESTER, Okla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Life inside a jail cell is tough, but bucking once a year makes it much better.

The 69th Annual Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo is bringing inmates out of their cells for two days of cowboy-style competition this Friday (Aug. 14) and Saturday (Aug. 15) in McAlester, Oklahoma.

For the event, male and female prisoners currently locked up in one of Oklahoma’s correctional facilities who’ve shown good behavior are invited to ride bucking broncos and bulls for the amusement of hundreds of onlookers.

According to spokesperson Karen Stephens, inmates look forward to the event all year long, though the ones allowed to participate have a tough time.

Since they’re on lock down, prisoners don’t get a chance to practice riding on a real bull. One facility does provide a mechanical bull for its inmates to perfect their bucking, but it’s only available to those serving time there.

As a result, many of the inmates who are first-timers get the horns after messing with the bull.

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