Law: Keep Out

Another rebuff for newsmen

Any Baedeker of the nation's most wretched hoosegows would have to include Little Greystone, part of the Alameda County jail complex in Pleasanton, Calif. Once a model prison, that Kafkaesque wooden barracks has in the past decade or so become a cesspool of rapes, beatings and illnesses. A U.S. district court in 1972 declared conditions there a violation of the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

After a 1975 suicide at Little Greystone, the innovative San Francisco public television station KQED sent a reporter and a cameraman to film...

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