The Attica Prison riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States in 1971. The riot was one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners' Rights Movement. The riot was based upon prisoners' demands for political rights and better living conditions.

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  • The Attica Prison riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States in 1971. The riot was one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners' Rights Movement. The riot was based upon prisoners' demands for political rights and better living conditions. On September 9, 1971, two weeks after the killing of George Jackson at San Quentin State Prison, about 1,000 of the Attica prison's approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and seized control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage.During the following four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to 28 of the prisoners' demands, but would not agree to demands for complete amnesty from criminal prosecution for the prison takeover or for the removal of Attica's superintendent. By the order of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, state police took back control of the prison. When the uprising was over, at least 43 people were dead, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates.Rockefeller, who refused to visit the prisoners during the rebellion, stated that the prisoners "carried out the cold-blood killings they had threatened from the outset". On the other hand, New York Times writer Fred Ferretti said the rebellion concluded in "mass deaths that four days of taut negotiations had sought to avert". (en)
  • The Attica Prison uprising, also known as the Attica Prison rebellion or Attica Prison riot, occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States, in 1971. Based upon prisoners' demands for better living conditions and political rights, the uprising was one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners' Rights Movement. On September 9, 1971, two weeks after the killing of George Jackson at San Quentin State Prison, about 1,000 of the Attica prison's approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and took control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage.During the following four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to 28 of the prisoners' demands, but would not agree to demands for complete amnesty from criminal prosecution for the prison takeover or for the removal of Attica's superintendent. By the order of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, state police took back control of the prison. When the uprising was over, at least 43 people were dead, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates.Rockefeller, who refused to visit the prisoners during the rebellion, stated that the prisoners "carried out the cold-blood killings they had threatened from the outset," despite only one of the officers and four inmates killed being attributed to the prisoners. New York Times writer Fred Ferretti said the rebellion concluded in "mass deaths that four days of taut negotiations had sought to avert".As a result of the riot, a number of changes were made in the New York prison system to satisfy some of the prisoners' demands, reduce tension in the system, and prevent future such rebellions. As of 2018, there has never been another riot of anywhere near the scale of the Attica rebellion in the United States. (en)
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  • 33 prisoners killed
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  • Attica inmates
  • New York State Police
  • New York Army National Guard
  • New York State Department of Corrections
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  • Approximately 1,000 inmates
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  • Attica Correctional Facility (en)
  • Attica Prison entrance (en)
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  • Attica inmates (en)
  • Correctional Facility staff (en)
  • New York National Guard (en)
  • New York State Police (en)
  • New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (en)
  • New York Army National Guard (en)
  • New York State Department of Corrections (en)
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  • Commissioner Russell G. Oswald (en)
  • Governor Nelson Rockefeller (en)
  • Superintendent William Kirwan (en)
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  • Attica Prison uprising (en)
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  • --09-09
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  • Attica, New York, U.S. (en)
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  • We are men! We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace, that means each and every one of us here, have set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed. We will not compromise on any terms except those terms that are agreeable to us. We’ve called upon all the conscientious citizens of America to assist us in putting an end to this situation that threatens the lives of not only us, but of each and every one of you, as well. (en)
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  • Elliott James "L.D." Barkley, 1971 (en)
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  • Approximately 1,000 inmates (en)
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  • The Attica Prison uprising, also known as the Attica Prison rebellion or Attica Prison riot, occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States, in 1971. Based upon prisoners' demands for better living conditions and political rights, the uprising was one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners' Rights Movement. (en)
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