NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 02, 1978
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(Studio) Traditional view of Muslims in prison as blacks that made life hard for prison population and administration described. Changes in Nation of Islam upon death of founder Elijah Muhammad and son, Wallace, takeover described. Wallace Muhammad's trip to Mecca mentioned. Film shown. Ex. given of prisoner is that of Pennsylvania state prison inmate Jeffrey Mims, Muslim-named Omar Jabaar; background on Mims given. [MIMS - describes reasons for actions in prison.] Halt to Mims' displays of temper and violence noted. [Deputy superintendent Robert MAUGER - says Mims has been impressive.] Mims' change reported as coming after Black Muslim sect changed leadership and policies. [INMATE - discusses differences in Muslim inmates now.] Nation of Islam's change to Community of Islam and turn to Koran from being political org. stated. [Supt. Julius CUYLER - says Muslims follow rules and cooperate.] [MAUGER - says they've been good influence.] Mims' view of own attitude change given. [MIMS - doesn't think he wants to be new man, just better self.] [Pennsylvania correction commissioner William ROBINSON - says strict Muslim rules have had settling effect on prison system.]
REPORTER: John Hart