NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 21, 1975
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(Studio) Man, 82, claims he's been in and out of prison 30 years and no attempt made to rehabilitate him. Report on Montgomery, Alabama, suit.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Alabama) Suit contends Alabama prisons produce more criminal conduct, not less; and system should be taken away from control of state officials. [State attorney Robert LAMAR - says at issue is whether Alabama obligated to provide prisoners with comfortable and pleasant surroundings. No court ever held prisoners entitled to rehabilitation.] Prison experts testify before Federal Judge Frank Johnson. Prisoners' attys. say 70% men not dangerous and could be handled in smaller rehabilitation ctrs. [Attorney Alvin BRONSTEIN - says Alabama warehses. people; but even warehses. take care of goods.] Control of system may be removed from state officials.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
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