Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK : State Blames Guards for Prison Uprising

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An uprising at a Southport prison in Upstate New York last month began when inmates were left unsupervised in an outdoor recreation area by guards who wanted to eat lunch inside, a report from state Correction Commissioner Thomas Coughlin said. "At one point, there were no officers in the yard at all. . . . An incident of serious magnitude could--and, in fact, did--take place without being detected," the report said.

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