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Vol - X I l-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, May 23, 1981

Sixteen Pages

Riots erupt
at Jackson,

FIREFIGHTERS extinguish a burning dormitory at Jackson Prison. Angry
Jackson inmates (inset) stare out from behind a barbed-wire fence.
Reget OK s-maller
faculty promotion list
By NANCY BILYEAU didate's race or sex.
The list of faculty members recom- UNIVERSITY President Harold
mended for promotion for 1981-82 is Shapiro assured the Regents that there
significantly shorter than last year's, has "never been an instance of
primarily because of the University's alteration of expectation because of
tight financial situation, University sex" in a faculty promotion.
Vice-president for Academic Affairs Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
Bill Frye told the Regents yesterday. pointed out that only 39 promotions
The 9 percent decrease in candidates were recommended if you eliminated
for promotions, caused by University the faculty members from the Medical
"budgetary restrictions" and an School and the branch colleges.
unusually low faculty turn-over rate, "It's pretty tough to move up the line
represents a continuation of the no matter who you are," Roach com-
"steady decline in total promotions mented shortly before the list of 114
during the past 13 years," Frye said. faculty members slated for promotion
COMPILED promotion statistics also was unanimously approved.
revealed a "modestly higher" number IN ANOTHER motion, the Regents
of women on the list and "modestly approved the schematic construction
lower" number of minorities recom- design of a building which would house
mended this year, Frye said. the research units of the National
Stepped-up recruitment of qualified Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad-
women and minority faculty members ministration (NOAA). The proposed
will help increase their ranks, Frye three-level building will be located on
said, adding that the annual Affir- North Campus, south of the Institute of
mative Action report will provide the Science and Technology building.
Regents with additional insight into the University Vice-president and Chief
matter. Financial Officer James Brinkerhoff
Regent Dean Baker (R-Ann Arbor) assured the Regents that North Cam-
S stressed that when being considered for pus's open space would not be violated
promotion a faculty member's in- by the new building, adding that
dividual merits must be looked at first, NOAA's new home will be designed in
without undue emphasis on the can- See REGENTS, Page 5,

JACKSON (UPI) - About 700
prisoners in the riot-torn central com-
plex at Southern Michigan Prison
returned to their cells last night, easing
a tense siege, but a second uprising
broke out at Ionia prison 50 miles away.
At least eight injuries were reported
in the outbreak at Jackson, the world's
largest walled facility and a maximum
security prison.
ASSISTANT WARDEN Louis Utess, Prison
a 26-year veteran of the state Depar- riots
tment of Corrections, said it was the
worst disturbance he had seen per-
sonally at Jackson.
Some 1700 unruly inmates had milled Detroit
into two prohibited areas, some on a lonia "
rampage of fires and looting. "
At the Ionia State Reformatory, a Jackson
medium security prison northwest of
Jackson, prisoners also began setting INDIANA OHIO AP
fires during the early eveing, said Sgt.
James Cody of the Michigan State
Police at Ionia.
THERE WERE unconfirmed reports
of at least four injuries at Ionia, which JOHN ANDREWS, superintendent
Cody could not immediately confirm. the nearby Waterloo prison camp,
Cody said inmates apparently set fire to part of the Jackson facility, si
a "school area" and took over the prisoners would be searched fo
prison radio station." weapons as they were returned to thei
Extra police from surrounding com- cells. If the procedure was successful it
munities and all the prison's guards the main complex, officials were likel3
were being called in to quell the distur- to attempt a similar call in the norti
bance, he said.section of the prison complex where th
"Everything's contained inside the 150 inmates were.
walls at this point, but it is not under Warden Barry Mintzes, in his firs
control," Cody said. It was not im- year at the prison, met with some of the
mediately known how many prisoners prisoners and assured them their com
were inside the Ionia facility when the plaints would be listened to if the
rioting broke out.
NO HOSTAGE taking was reported at returned to their calls.
either facility. Prison officials said the disturbance
At Jackson, where 5,600 inmates were was sparked by an unauthorizei
incarcerated --500 over capacity - the "shakedown" by guards-bitter over
700 prisoners in the central complex overcrowding and understaf
began returning to their cells after a fing-earlier Friday.
brief conference with the warden.
Some prison officials said the calm But one state official said th
return of prisoners to their cells was prisoners started the uprising becaus
due in part to swarms of mosquitoes the guards told them they were going or
which had filled the evening air. strike and would lock them in their cell
THE MAIN remaining problem was for the weekend without food.
from another 150 prisoners in a medium
security area next to the central com-
plex who had not yet returned to their
cells and remained in the darkened
prison yard-which had been hit with a City council gave final approva
Rwerfailufrm inside the prison in- and allocated $3,600 for a city
dicated most of the 700 inmates were rape awareness and prevention
peacefully returning to their cells at the program Thursday night. See
sound of the "yard-in" horn blaring
from within the prison walls. The story, Page 3.
procedure is almost identical to that
used to call inmates back to their cells . *s... . .. . gg .. .. ..
on normal days. *



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