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The Michigan Daily-Soturday, May 22, 1982-Page 5
CAN IT HAPPEN AGAIN?
Jackson State: Ayear later

By United Press International
JACKSON, Mich.-The physical
evidence of violence and destruction
are gone, but the mental images of the
long Memorial Day weekend of 1981,
when three Michigan penitentiaries ex-
ploded, remain with those inside and
out.
They wait and they watch for signs it
could happen again. Prisons, being
prisons, are always volatile, says war-
den Dale Foltz of giant Southern
Michigan Prison at Jackson.
Foltz said he does not expect trouble
of last May's magnitude this year, but
he did predict a summer of repeated
minor incidents.
THE LAST YEAR has brought
positive changes to Michigan's prisons.
The central yard at Jackson, the scene
of many a confrontation, has been sub-
divided by towering fences topped with
sharp concertina wire. One prison ob-
server saidsome inmates feel the fen-
ces convey a "concentration camp
feeling." Prison guards say they are
more secure with the new
arrangement.
"I feel better about working here,"
said a lour-year prison employee who

Fighting for improvements is akin to "dragging a
1, 000 pound weight across the desert."'
-David Van Koerering,,
Michigan Corrections Organization official

asked not to be identified.
But other than some small cosmetic
changes, the improvements have not
been as extensive as administrators,
guards and inmates would like, nor
enough to satisfy the recommendations'
of special committees and task forces
which studies the riots and their after-
math.
MICHIGAN'S CONTINUING finan-
cial slump has meant most of the
money needed for the bulk of the
changes has not materialized. Gov.
William Milliken's prison riot task for-
ce recommended the hiring of more
guards and in November the governor
reiterated the pledge to hire 300 new
corrections officers.
State financial problems, instead,
have caused further deterioration in the

ranks of those assigned to contralthe
state's nearly 13,500 inmates including
the early May layoff of 58 guards. Eight
more layoffs are pending.
Overcrowding, which has plagued
Michigan's prison system for years,
remains a problem. An emergency law
which trees inmates to ease crowded
conditions has been invoked for a
second time. Ironically, the emergency
law was used for the first time just days
before the 1982 riots began.
OTHER NAGGING troubles remain.
Buildings at Ionia, many a century old,
continue to crumble with no money in
sight for replacements. Jackson
remains too large to control properly,
but the $100 million price tag of sub-
dividing it into three smaller prisons is
also out of the state's financial reach.

Fighting for improvements is akin to
"dragging a 1,000 pound weight across
the desert," said David VanKoevering,
a Michigan Corrections Organization
official.
Despite continued problems, some
root causes of the two disturbances at
Jackson and the chain-reaction riots at
the Michigan Reformatory at Ionia and
the Marquette Branch Prison in the
Upper Peninsula have been reduced.
PRISON ADMINISTRATORS and
guards, represented by MCO, agree
they are getting along much better than
they did a year ago.
"Communication has improved
double over last year," VanKoevering
said.
State Corrections Director Perry
Johnson said he has never seen his
guards and other staff "looking so
professional . . I've never seen the
prison yard and the housing units look
so good as the last time I visited" at
Jackson.
THE PROBLEMS began at Jackson
on Friday, May 22, of last year, the eve
of the Memorial Day holiday. Trouble
had been brewing at the world's largest
walled prison for weeks, with guards
San MICHIG AN. Page 9

Reagan adopts
security policy
aimed at Soviets

WASHINGTON (UPI)- President
lReagan has approved a tough new
global military, political and
diplomatic strategy aimed at shrinking
the Soviet empire and persuading the
Iremlin to turn its attention to "butter,
not guns," his top security adviser said
yesterday.
William Clark, assistant for national
security affairs, outlined the strategy in
a major address at the Center for
Strategic and Internatiqnal Studies at
Georgetown University.
"IT IS OUR fondest hope that with an
active yet prudent national security
policy, we might one day convince the.
leadership of the Soviet Union to turn
their attention inward, to seek the

legitimacy that only comes from the
consent of the governed, and thus to ad-
dress the hopes and dreams of their
own people," Clark said.
A senior White House official said
Reagan approved an eight-page
national security document that "un-
dertakes a campaign aimed at internal
reform in the Soviet Union and
shrinkage of the Soviet empire."
The official said Reagan believes
"the response will result in fundamen-
tally different East-West relations by
the end of this decade."
The goal, he said, is to compel the
Soviets to focus on "butter, not guns"
and to "get the Soviets to pay attention
to their citizenry and not export
terrorism around the world."

MSU reports highest
university crime rate

By CHARLES THOMSON
With wire reports
A new study reveals Michigan State
University logged more reported
crimes. last year than any other state
collegA surveyed. The review,
however, didnot include either The
University of Michigan or Wayne State
University, and authorities warn
against comparing crime statistics
between the various schools.
According to the Michigan Uniform
Crime Report, MSU had 4,665 crimes in

1981, significantly more than the other
11 institutions in the study, but down by
about 120 ,crimes from the previous
year.
THE UNIVERSITY was not included
in the study because it does not have its
own police force.
Major Ferman Badgley of the MSU
Department of Public Safety said the
University crime rate cannot be com-
pared to those of other campuses,
because no other institution in the-study
See MSU, Page 11

Peepingy fireman.
This local burglar makes a clever entrance into an Oakland St. apartmentby
posing as a paramedic. Actually, a fireman is helping put out a small kitchen
blaze.

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