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Black August: A first-hand account of the day 3 COs were tragically lost

Russ Hamilton brings you the story of Black August as told by Associate Warden Dick Nelson


In this episode of Tier Talk, Associate Warden (ret.) Dick Nelson brings you a first-hand account of Black August, the day an attempted escape ended in the death of three COs. Hear his account of retaking the San Quentin Adjustment Center with gunfire.

Tier Talk, hosted by Corrections1 columnist Anthony Gangi, features interviews with industry experts, conversations about hot topics and pressing issues, and offers lessons to new staff and old about the evolving and ever-changing field of corrections.
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