Wilbert has been writing about the American criminal justice system and the prison system for four decades and has won numerous major awards for his work, including a George Polk Award for an investigation into prison rape and enslavement, Robert F. Kennedy Award for covering the plight of the disadvantaged, and the first American Bar Association Silver Gavel ever awarded to a prisoner, for exposing longterm inmates lost in the prison system. While in prison he co-edited two anthologies, one still in use today in criminal justice courses in Louisiana.
After his release from prison in 2005, Wilbert penned a memoir, In the Place of Justice. It chronicles his personal transformation during his four decades in Angola and the evolution of the prison during that time from the nation's bloodiest to one of the safest. Now, he writes on subjects as diverse as the death penalty, solitary confinement, censorship, race in the South, Civil Rights figures, and faith. To learn more and read a sampling of his writings, go to the Author page.