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West Virginia State Prison Unrest #469333

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 21, 1973
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(Studio) Rebellion at West Virginia state prison ends. 5 hostages released.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Moundsville, West Virginia) [Governor Arch MOORE - says at meeting with inmates told them he would not tolerate conditions which brought on revolt.] Moore met most demands of inmates. [Hostage Basil RALEY - says hostages weren't harmed.] National Guard enter prison after racial clash among inmates when body murdered black inmate removed from prison. Head had been cut off. Prisoner demands include permission for maximum security inmates to attend church Suns., written rules for guards and prisoners to be equally applied, etc. Demands generally reasonable. Some inmates will be prosecuted for uprising.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin

(Studio) Consensus is that prison reform is badly needed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Pontiac, Michigan) Camp Pontiac is minimum security prison. Prison has many reforms. Inmates near parole may work away from prison to aid transition to normal life. When inmates released will have money in bank and can keep same job. Program great success.

Chancellor, John;
Davis, Lou;
Rollin, Betty

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