Forty two years ago today: Attica


Forty years ago, thousands of people confined at the Attica prison in rural New York State rebelled, taking control of D-yard. The media was invited in to see the conditions and observe negotiations, so the whole world was watching when, forty years ago today, Governor Rockefeller ordered an assault on the prison, turning what was then the largest prison rebellion into the bloodiest.

Read Peter Wagner and Rose Heyer’s 2011 article, “Attica’s lessons and the urgency of ending prison-based gerrymandering.”

Click here to read about Nixon and Governor Rockefeller’s conversations surrounding Attica, and how to listen to those recordings.

And lastly, listen to oral histories collected from survivors of Attica, guards and inmates, here.


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