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Walpole State Prison / Unrest and Reform #25891

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 21, 1973
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(Studio) Trouble erupts in Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts after prison officers announce search for drugs and weapons. Police bring situation under control quickly.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Walpole, Massachusetts) Walpole State Prison has had series of incidents. Prison has also been attempting to institute certain reforms. In earlier incident prison guards went on strike as protest against course of reforms. Inmates then began running their own affairs, making their own head counts, etc. Only outsiders present were civilian observers who support prison reforms [Inmate Robert DELLELO - says if old methods restored prisoners would begin passive resistance.] Announcement tighter controls in store may have triggered new unrest in Walpole Prison. [State Commissioner of Corrections John BOONE - says prison reform will work in time.] Further trouble could mean end of reform at Walpole.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

Brannigan, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

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