THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, July 14, 1977
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San Quentin inmates confined
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) styled Nazis that left three wide."
- San Quentin's 2,300 inmates dead.
were ordered locked in their "The situation will be evalu- THE PRISON was prohibiting
cells yesterday for an indefi- ated daily but, for now, they visitors and Luxford described
nite period, and an atmosphere are confined to their cells," the atmosphere as "all tension
of "tension and fear" was re- Mike Luxford, acting prison in- and fear." But no new fighting
ported following fighting be- formation officer, said yester- was reported.
tween Black Muslims and self- day. "The lockdown is prison- Three convicts were killed and
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five others injured in two sepa-
rate incidents Tuesday in the
stone fortress on San Francisco
Bay. Luxford likened the pri-
son hospital to a "battleground.
There was blood and people
everywhere. It's an incredible
It was the third major racial
incident in the past 10 years at
the prison, Luxford said.
ONE FACTOR that may have
contributed to the tension was
the return to the prison's gen-
eral population on Monday of
several hundred inmates from
the racially troubled east block.
They had been kept apart from
the rest of the prison since May
28 because there had been ear-
lier trouble between the races
there and officials wanted to
keep the bad feelings from.
The fight that ignited the trou-
ble was between members of
the American National Social-
ists, who sometimes call them-
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firm figures, Luxford estimated
the strength of the Nazis as "25
inmates or so. The Muslims con-
sist of maybe 45 to 50 inmates."
The fighting began in the
north block, and guards were
able to break it up with only
one casualty - a black inmate
who received superficial stab
BUT A SHORT time later, an-
other black inmate, Charles
Jack Captain, 31, of San Fran-
cisco, was found in a stairwell,
bleeding from back and chest
stab wounds. An 11-inch prison-
made blade was found nearby.
Captain, in prison for assault
with a deadly weapon, later
A period of quiet followed.
until honor prisoners in the west
block were lounging after the
evening meal. Luxford said a
guard heard scuffling on the
third tier and reported a large
group of inmates attacking each
GUARDS FOUND one inmate
seriously stabbed, one who had
been tossed off the third tier
and was dying, and another in-
mate stabbed to death, Lux-
ford said. Both men who died
The injured inmate was re-
ported in serious condition at
The identities of the dead
white men were not released
pending notification of rela-
As of June 30, when there
were 2,285 inmates at San Quen-
tin, the prison reported 1,004
were white, 848 black, 392 His-
panic and 41 members of oth-
er minority groups. That was
the last day for which such a
breakdown was available. The
total head count Wednesday
to stump for
PONTIAC (UPI) - Billy Car-
ter, here to help judge a coun-
try music contest, said late
Tuesday he will campaign for
Alabama Gov. George Wallace
in Wallace's race for the Sen-
"I'm a George Wallace Dem-
ocrat," President Carter's
younger brother told reporters.
"He asked me to work on his
campaign for the Senate and
I'm willing, because he's a good
friend of mine."
CARTER SAID he told his
brother of his plans, "but he
had no comment."
Carter was in town to judge
a talent contest during a coun-
try and western music festi-
val at the Pontiac Silverdome
and attend the beer night sched-
uled for the country music
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