ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 21, 1975
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(Studio) California legislature rejects proposal to make death penalty mandatory for prison inmates killing other inmates. Death penalty mandatory for killing guard. Report on approach to end prison violence.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(San Quentin, California) Admins. want to curb inmate violence. [Dep. warden L. H. FUDGE - says 88 stabbings and 12 murders here in 1974. Institution shut down 7 mos.] Exercise yard built for high-security prisoners. Inmates prone to violence segregated. [Keith JANSEN - says violence cut down because no human contact.] Nonviolent inmates kept in cellblock. TVs in most cells, dress and hair code relaxed, trailers set up for overnight visits with wives, and nursery for visiting children. Atmosphere looser. [Men's advisory council Clark MIDDLETON - says hope it works, but doesn't know.]
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker
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