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March 06, 1986

Haiti's new government freed about 250 prisoners, including five U.S. citizens. The release came a day after guards opened fire to quell a prison revolt in which convicts set fire to cells. "They had to let them go because there was going to be no prison left if they had waited longer," said Kathy Stewart, one of the Americans released. She was arrested Dec. 10 for allegedly selling U.S. visas. A Haitian military official said most of the 250 were jailed for murder, rape, theft and drug offenses.

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