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Attica

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As prisons proliferate in the U.S. Attica, a documentary made in 1973-4, could prove instructive. It chronicles the events of a 1971 prison rebellion in upstate New York, at the Attica Correctional Facility. In that uprising, begun as a protest over inhumane living conditions, on the instructions of Governor Nelson Rockefeller (later a U.S. Vice President), state troopers killed a large number of prisoners and several of their hostages when negotiations remained stalemated for several days. This...more

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