Thursday, June 28, 2018

FBI File: Attica Prison Uprising

In September 1971, the staggeringly inhumane conditions at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York State led to a spontaneous violent riot during which a guard was killed, the takeover of the prison by the inmates, and a five-day stand-off. Negotiations were happening, but Governor Rockefeller, President Nixon, and FBI Director Hoover all wanted a forceful, manly retaking of the prison. They got it.

FBI has released some of its file on the Attica uprising to earlier requesters, but no one has ever put it online. Under FOIA, I requested the previously released portions, and FBI sent me 1,322 pages as six PDFs. I combined them into one large file above and ran text-recognition on it. (I arranged the sections in approximate chronological order.)

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