Prison guards and state police surrounded New Jersey's maximum security jail on Thursday (25 November) after some 600 rioting prisoners held at least six hostages.
SV Newsmen and state troopers entering prison
GV State trooper outside prison
MV & GV PAN.. prisoners shouting from cell windows (3 shots)
MV State troopers in prison grounds
GV Riot trooper on watch tower
GV & MV Prisoners lighting small fires at cell windows (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "The trouble started last night, after a movie in the prison auditorium. Apparently, about 150 inmates staged a sit-down and refused to leave. The Warden went in to talk to them, and it was then that the fighting started. The Warden and five guards were taken prisoner. During the night newsmen were permitted inside the front entrance. State troopers were brought in. At that time, there were reports they would storm the prison and try to rescue the hostages. Prisoners shouted out of windows. They called for State Governor William Cahill to come to the prison and talk with them. Some complained of prison conditions.
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Background: Prison guards and state police surrounded New Jersey's maximum security jail on Thursday (25 November) after some 600 rioting prisoners held at least six hostages.
The prisoners, who rioted after a film show the previous night, took over an auditorium and two other prison buildings.
But late on Thursday night the prisoners released hostages and gave up control of buildings after the authorities agreed to listen to their grievances. These include an end to alleged racism, brutality and drug trafficking by guards.
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SYNOPSIS: State troopers accompanied newsmen into New Jersey's maximum security prison on Thursday after a riot by some 600 prisoners. The prisoners, who rioted after a film show the previous night, were holding six hostages - including the prison warden. They also took over an auditorium and two other prison buildings.
The prisoners demanded to see State Governor William Cahill. But they warned authorities not to rush them, because they did not want anyone to die. Throughout this year, this prison has been plagued by sporadic violence.
At least II guards were injured -- three with stab wounds -- as they tried to free the warden. Water and electricity was turned off in the rioter-occupied buildings.
The prisoners were protesting against alleged racism, brutality and drug trafficking by prison guards.