Rioting erupted in three New York prisons this week-end as inmates seized hostages and set fire to equipment to back their demands for better conditions.
LV Prisoners knocking hole in window frame and pushing bench out of window, prisoner at window
TV Prison building ZOOM INTO guards running across yard
SV Prison, smoke emerging from roof
SCU Leader of prisoners speaking
GV PAN Police and crowds outside prison
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4): PRISONER: "Jails do not correct. They corrupt. Now this is an evident fact because the turnover continues to go on and on and on again. Now what is happening? You still lock three, four, five, six men in one cell. You still give foods that are inedible - so that a pig wouldn't eat it, But you expect us to, and we do. How much of this dishumane treatment are we going to have before something seriously happens, gentlemen?"
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Background: Rioting erupted in three New York prisons this week-end as inmates seized hostages and set fire to equipment to back their demands for better conditions.
Trouble started at the prison in Long Island City on Thursday (October 1). As Correction Commissioner George McGrath tried to negotiate the release of hostages, one of the leaders of the prisoners aired some of the grievances that provoked the rioting.
By Saturday, eleven hostages were being held in two of the three riot-hit prisons. Five of the hostages were threatened with death unless prison conditions were reviewed by a judge.