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Ten O'Clock News; Charles Street jail


Charles Street jail interiors. Four tiers of cell blocks seen through chain link fence. Zoom into guards on ground level. Guard patrols upper walkway. Cell behind bars with toilet and cot. Interview with Suffolk County Sheriff Robert Rufo about delay in transferring inmates to state prisons after sentencing. Charles Street is supposed to serve only as pretrial detention center but prison system is so overcrowded that inmates stay there much longer than intended in inappropriate incarceration, without rehabilitation support and furlough programs. They shoot cutaways. Howard Husock does several takes of reporter standup in front of the jail.

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Ten O'Clock News

Charles Street jail

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Rufo, Robert
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Rufo, Robert (Interviewee)
Husock, Howard (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Charles Street jail,” 03/03/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4DACB195ABF4E318180DCCF95D3C7FB.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Charles Street jail.” 03/03/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4DACB195ABF4E318180DCCF95D3C7FB>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Charles Street jail. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4DACB195ABF4E318180DCCF95D3C7FB
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