NBC’s Lester Holt Spends 2 Nights in Prison for News Show
Holt gained access to the sprawling Louisiana prison known as “Angola” as Gov. John Edwards’ attempts to lower the population inside his state’s facilities.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Lester Holt laughed when his colleagues proposed that he spend a couple of nights locked up in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for an NBC News report on criminal justice reform. “At first, I was like, ‘it’s dangerous,’” Holt said. “This is one of the most notorious prisons of the world, and you want to lock me up? What about safety?” It also had the whiff of a stunt that could overshadow…