this day in crime history: september 9, 1971

On this date in 1971, over 1200 inmates at the state prison in Attica, NY started a riot that would last four days.  The riot began with the killing of a corrections officer, then the rioters took about 40 prison employees hostage. Three inmates were killed during the riot in what appeared to be cases of “prison justice.” When negotiations broke down, Governor Rockefeller — hoping to look tough on crime for a possible Presidential run — ordered State Police to retake the prison by force. In the ensuing assault, 29 rioters and 10 hostages were killed.

Wikipedia: Attica Prison Riot

Talking History: Attica Revisited

Attica Prison by Karl R. Josker

My visit to Attica  in March 2012


5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 9, 1971

  1. John D.:
    Not exactly one of Rockefeller’s BEST moves, but it got the job done.

    What amazes me is HOW something like this can spiral SO out of control so quickly.
    One would think that a PRISON would be more of a bastion of “order”.

    But, since we got away from the Pennsylvania System of penology,I suppose situations like Attica were destined to arise.

    Very good post and great links.

    Roll safe out there.

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