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Page 10-Tuesday, June 2, 1981--The Michigan Daily
Ypsi warden denies reports

Marquette
rioters
won't be
transferred
(Continued from Page 1)
According to Rudolf Stahlberg,
Regional Prison Administrator for
Southeastern Michigan, prison security
will be uppermost in the minds of Huron
Valley officials.
"We're making every humanly
possible effort to make this a secure in- -
stitution and to ensure the safety of the
community," said Stahlberg.
STAHLBERG SAID the typical in-
mate slated for transfer to the new
facility will be one who has "earned the
privilege" through a history of good
behavior in other maximum-security
institutions, particularly Marquette.
"Those who have earned their way at
Marquette will be given first choice.
There will always be special cases, but
the majority will be those who have
done some time in Marquette and have
done it well. It will give them the oppor-
tunity to be closer to home," according
toStahlberg.
Stahlberg emphasized that since the
overcrowding s' uation has reached
epidemichpropotions in the state
prisons, he would like to open the
facility earlier than the September 1
target date, but due to administrative
problems, it's unlikely.
"WHILE WE would like to improve
on the September 1 date, I doubt if we
can improve by more than 2-3 weeks at
best, because we will not have the
adequate staffing in place until then,"
said Stahlberg.
John Rubitschun, administrative
assistant for the State Bureau of Public
Information, said the facility will hire
267 employees at an annual operating
budget of $2.1 million. The facility itself
cost $20 million and will house ap-
proximately 420 inmates at capacity.
"The administrative management
will come primarily from other in-
stitutions and already have experience
in the field of corrections," said Rubit-
schun.
IN ADDITION TO recreational
programs, Rubitschun said the new

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Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTRQM
A REPORTER INSPECTS a vacant inmate cell block of the new Huron Valley maximum security prison to be opened
soon near Ann Arbor. Officials at the facility denied news reports that "troublecausers" from riot-torn Marquette State
Prison were to be transfered to the Huron Valley facility.

facility will offer a wide variety of
educational and vocational' classes.
These will include: classes leading to
the completion of a high school
equivalency diploma, auto body repair,
appliance repair, upholstering,
building maintenance, and office prac-
tices.
"I think it's going to be a stable tran-
sition," said Washtenaw County Sheriff
Tom Minick. He maintained that much
of the community concern is undue, and
has been generated by the recent
rioting at Ionia, Marquette, and
Jackson state prisons.
"I'm afraid there could become un-
necessary (public) reaction because of
what happened at Jackson," said
Minick.
The National Coalition to Prevent
Shoplifting, based in Atlanta, is the
largest citiens' program on crime
prevention in the United States. It was
organized in 1979.

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Prisoners brawl;
restrictions lifted
NSING (UPI) - Ingham Coun- back to their cells.
ircuit Judge Robert Bell late Bell's move leaves prison officials
erday lifted union-sought free to resume normal operations
rictions on the "normal" when they wish for inmates at
ation of riot-torn prisons in Marquette and Ionia and for trustees
and Marquette and modified in the minimum security south com-
rols over Southern Michigan plex at Jackson. It also allows small
on in Jackson. groups of Jackson prisoners to be
41 made the ruling after touring released from their cells for meals,
son for more than an hour showers and other activities.
erday afternoon. THE RESTRAINT order was
EANWHILE, prison officials at requested by the Michigan State
Muskegon Correctional Facility Employees Association which
rted a flare-up among inmates represents prison workers other
been quashed without trouble. than guards. The union charged the
e prisoners have been mostly state had no well-defined plan for
ed in their cells since last protecting their safety. -
day night. Although the original order affec-
perintendent H. Gary Wells said ted all three prisons involved in the
ght broke out Sunday evening rioting, MSEA officials made clear
veen two inmates and ac- their concern was focused on
rated into a brawl involving 35 Jackson.
oners. In Lansing, Gov. William
r LEAST seven inmates Milliken's blue ribbon prison task
ired medical attention following force held its first meeting with the
disturbance and another 11 suf- governor, saying Michigan was
d minor injuries in the fight .lucky there were no fatalitiesu uring
h prompted officials to sound disruptions which rocked the three
prison siren to send all prisoners prisons last week.

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