• Short Summary

    Parts of four New York City jails and 26 hostages were still held by rioting prisoners on Sunday (4 October) as authorities struggled to solve the worst prison crisis in the city's history.

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    Parts of four New York City jails and 26 hostages were still held by rioting prisoners on Sunday (4 October) as authorities struggled to solve the worst prison crisis in the city's history.

    The prisoners are protesting against excessive bail, long waits before trial, crowded conditions, and poor food. They are using the radio and television media to get their complaints over directly to the public.

    Police moved in on Sunday using tear-gas to recapture all but one floor of the Kings Country House of Detention in Brooklyn. The floor still in the hands of the prisoners is the one where three hostages were being held following their abduction on Saturday (3 October).

    The other jails involved include the Queen's House of Detention in Long Island City, where the rioting first erupted on Friday -- the Men's House of Detention in Manhattan known as "The Tombs" -- and a jail in Kew Gardens, Queens.

    The prisoners at Kew Gardens were the only ones who did not seize any hostages.

    Mayor John Lindsay told the prisoners in a radio broadcast that he would ask the state legislature for prison and judicial reforms they are demanding, but warned that any further disorder would not be tolerated. Most city authorities feel that the prisoners' complaints are at least partly justified.

    Heavy damage has been caused in all four of the prisons affected, but only a few minor injuries have been reported.

    Few of the prisoners involved were convicts. Most have been charged with crimes and are awaiting rial. They claim that some of them have been waiting two years for trial, and that bail was set at too high a rate for minor crimes.

    As part of an agreement with officials, three judges of the New York Supreme Court held an extraordinary bail hearing on Saturday (3 October) at the Long Island City jail to hear 47 cases. Several men had their bail reduced, or were freed on their own recognisance.

    But seven of the cases selected by the prisoners for review involved Black Panthers on trial for conspiring to blow up public buildings. Their bail was not reduced.

    Television and radio reporters talked to the prisoners at Long Island on Saturday (3 October), about their conditions for release of the hostage.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADZL4IQKYP6G5XFIO8YX0L7IH1
    Media URN:
    VLVADZL4IQKYP6G5XFIO8YX0L7IH1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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