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ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 04, 1971
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(Studio) Black newspaper editor tells of hearing Attica inmates complain re: racial hostility, overcrowding, and lack of showers since riots. "New York Times" says riot started as result of misunderstanding. Report on Elmira State Prison.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Elmira State Prison, New York) Guards threaten to lock prisoners in cells on October 7 unless demands met. [VOICE - speaks of militant correctional officers] Guards want different correctional methods. [Department Corrections Harold BUTLER - says fine climate for inmates, but worried about workers. Some of their demands emotional; can either run prison by fear or respect from inmates; latter best way.] [Guard Thomas ROGAN - says need legislature cooperation to change system.] [Guard Roland COLEMAN - says creating bitter people now.] A lot of bitterness comes from lack of prison funds. After 4-5 p.m. meal, prisoners in cells 13 hrs. [Academy instr. Lieutenant Paul METZ - describes mace.] Guards take 3 weeks course; 4-6 mos. needed, but money lacking. 80% guards in New York have no training. [METZ - says ofr. only 1 week, can prevent riots.]
REPORTER: David Snell

Smith, Howard K.;
Snell, David

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