Attica Prison

Heritage Moments: The Attica Prison Uprising — 43 dead and a four-decade cover-up

Sep 10, 2018
Still image from the documentary “William Kuntsler: Disturbing the Universe”, POV on PBS

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 is one of the most disturbing episodes in the history of New York State and, indeed, the nation as a whole. It lasted four days, cost the lives of 43 persons and damaged the lives of hundreds of others, and what happened in the weeks before and the decades after only magnifies the horror. The repercussions of the uprising, the brutality the state used to put it down, the cover-up that followed – all of it continues to reverberate today.


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The deaths of two Attica Correctional Facility inmates has led to the indictment of a fellow inmate and a his wife, a Buffalo woman.

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State authorities are investigating the deaths of two inmates Thursday at the Attica Correctional Facility.

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Charges against four Attica prison guards have been dismissed by a Wyoming County judge.

Sergeant Sean Warner along with Officers Erik Hibsch, Keith Swack and Matthew Raddemacher faced multiple charges in connection with an alleged assault on an inmate. The judges decision was based upon issues with testimony provided to the grand jury by the medical examiner.

The case could be brought before another grand jury in the future.