PRISONS: Williwaw in Walla Walla

In Walla Walla, Wash. (pop. 26,000), there is a familiar phrase that means bad news: "There's trouble on the hill." The hill is the state penitentiary, and trouble has a long history there. In 1926 some 900 convicts broke out of their cells, and threatened the main gate before they were subdued; in 1934 nine convicts and a guard died in the "Lincoln Day break"; two years ago rioters set a $500,000 fire. Last week trouble came to the hill again.

Cleavers, Axes & Therapy. At 9:45 one morning, four prisoners—two murderers,...

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