Friday is 42nd Anniversary of Attica Prison Retaking

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Forty two years ago, State Police retook Attica prison in Wyoming County.

The Attica prison riot in 1971 still stands as the nation's deadliest prison uprising: 39 men - 10 hostages and 29 inmates - were killed when State Police retook the prison. One corrections officer died from a beating by inmates when the riot broke out on Sept. 9; and inmates killed three other prisoners during the four-day standoff.

There continues to be constant historical analysis of the riot.

Special section: Attica prison riot memories still strong

The Democrat and Chronicle and WGRZ-TV in Buffalo amassed an extensive online archive of photos, videos and articles about the riot put together for the riot's 40th anniversary in 2011.

Earlier this week, leaders of the New York state Public Employees Federation, which represents 56,000 workers, toured the Attica Correctional Facility. The union claims approximately 100 members who work at the Attica prison in various capacities.

The union used the anniversary visit to highlight concerns it has with current conditions at the prison, including understaffing and what it says are excessive caseloads on counselors.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

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