Attica Prison Riot
Attica Prisoner: ‘I Saw My Friend Beating an Officer’

Attica prisoner Alfred Mancuso describes the Attica Correctional Facility where the riot occurred, the conditions that made it a powder keg and explains how he believes the riot began. The Attica Prison riot is one of the most significant riots during the Prisoner Rights Movement in the United States and took place in Attica, New York, beginning on September 9, 1971. About 2,200 inmates seized control of the prison–rebelling against the abuses and mistreatment they faced from the prison’s superintendents that are detailed by Mancuso.

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