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Alabama Prison Reform / Court Order #242357

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1976
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(Studio) Federal judge in August ordered Alabama prison system to stop admitting new inmates due to poor prison conditions. 1000 crowd county jails. Judge Frank Johnson orders prisons reformed or closed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Alabama) September `75 film shows Alabama prisons. Prison representatives cleaned up and helped alleviate some of overcrowding. [Attorney Alvin BRONSTEIN - says Alabama prisons make people worse; that's const. violation.] Order requires vocational training, meaningful job for each inmate, more guards, 1 man per cell, health care, 3 meals per day, private storage lockers, clean sheets and free toothbrushes. [Alabama assistant attorney general, Larry NEWMAN - says there is no money for order.]
REPORTER: Bruce Hall

(Studio) Deadline for reform in December If prisons closed, inmates to be freed or sent to local jails.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce
Duration:
00:02:20

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