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Special Segment (Marion, Illinois, Prison) #542794

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 07, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Marion, Illinois) Federal maximum security prison here featured; films shown [Penologist David WARD - compares inmates' murders of prison workers with rate at Alcatraz.] [GUARD - believes inmates' threats.] [INMATE - note prisoners here have nothing to gain by good behavior.] General conditions at facility since October 1983 murders of guards described. [INMATES - claim lockdown creates hostility.] Prison videotape illustrating tension shown. [GUARDS - fear bloodbath if lockdown is lifted.] [Warden Jerry WILLAFORD - notes increasingly violent population incarcerated here.] Inmates' suit against government explained. [Former warden Joe CANNON - supports lifting lockdown; explains.] [WARD - explains psychological basis for easing lockdown.]
REPORTER: Jim Cummins

Brokaw, Tom;
Cummins, Jim

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