Attica Prison Riot

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.


More than 40 years after the Attica Prison Riot, a judge has cleared the way for authorities to reveal more details on what happened during the deadly retaking of the prison in September, 1971.