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Feds order lockdown after series of prison riots

October 21, 1995
Web posted at: 1:45 a.m. EDT

GREENVILLE, Illinois (CNN)-- A rash of prison disturbances over the past two days prompted the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Friday to lock down most of its facilities as a precaution.

Some prison officials said the unrest may be related to a congressional vote refusing to lower drug sentences and to the Million Man March in Washington.

In a press release, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said the lockdown was prompted by "disturbances" that have taken place since Thursday at the Federal Correctional Institutions in Talladega, Alabama; Allenwood, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; and Greenville, Illinois.



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