MIAMI, DEC. 13 -- Five of the first eight Cuban inmates paroled since prison uprisings by the detainees in two cities have joined their families here, including one of the main negotiators for inmates who rioted in Oakdale, La. "I am very grateful to the American government," said Carlos Mosquera, who had been an inmate negotiator with federal agents in Oakdale. He said he plans to start looking for a job Monday.

All eight inmates released Friday by the Justice Department had been scheduled for parole before the uprisings, staged to protest plans to deport many Cubans with criminal records to Cuba. Three of them went to Kansas City halfway houses.

"Part of our agreement was that prisoners with families would be reunited with {them}, leaving more openings in halfway houses," said Rafael Penalver, attorney for Cuba-born Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Roman, who participated in negotiations and played a key role in ending the uprisings.

Roman was pleased with the releases, which were "certainly within the spirit of the agreement," Penalver said.

He said Justice Department officials in Washington told him the release of detainees previously scheduled for parole is proceeding rapidly and that about 120 detainees could be paroled soon.

Buenaventura Martinez, who had been scheduled for release a day after the uprising at Oakdale began, said he was relieved to be home after an emotionally draining ordeal.

"I didn't know when it was all going to end," he said. "It feels good to be home."