Springfield - The 50th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising

Created on January 24, 2024, 6:26 pm

Last Updated May 29, 2024, 6:15 pm

On September 9, 1971, around 1,300 incarcerated men led an uprising at the overcrowded Attica Correctional Facility, demanding humane living conditions and taking 42 staff members hostage. On September 13th, heavily armed state police officers opened fire on the protestors, killing 10 hostages and 29 prisoners. Following the Attica uprising, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons began to soar. Last updated August 2021.
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