PRISONS: Riot in the Big House

In the heart of Trenton's south-side industrial district stands New Jersey's prison for the state's toughest criminals —a block of ancient, dilapidated buildings crowded inside a 20-ft. red stone wall. It has long been a smoldering trouble spot, as well as an eyesore, in Trenton (pop. 128,000). Last week, for the third time in less than a month, the trouble spot burst into revolt. Just before the noon meal 69 convicts rioted, grabbed four hostages and barricaded themselves in the prison print shop.

There was no attempt at escape. Instead, the mutineers (led...

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