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Prison Reform / Austin #476984

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 30, 1974
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(Studio) Story about man who spent 33 years in Nevada prison follows.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Carson City, Nv) Indian, Eugene Austin, sentenced to life imprisonment for murder; circumstances surrounding crime outlined. After 7 years in prison, Austin branded as troublemaker and placed in solitary confinement. 7' x 7' cell shown; Austin spent 14 years there. In 1953, authorities took Austin to Reno; 1/5 brain removed to make him less aggressive. [AUSTIN - discusses lobotomy.] Austin finally free to come and go as other prisoners, although he went blind after lobotomy and now must have guide. Austin put in convalescent center in Sacramento, California. [AUSTIN - says he would like to ride freight train to New York City more than anything else.] Austin freed from prison this week
REPORTER: Mike Gavin

Chancellor, John;
Gavin, Mike

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