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Attica State Prison in New York

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25 years ago today, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller waged war on the inmates of Attica State Prison in New York, ending a three day prisoner uprising. The rebellion started on September 9, 1971 when inmates overpowered guards and took over much of Attica to protest conditions at the maximum security prison. At the time inmates spent most of their time in their cells and got one shower per week. Days of tense negotiations followed in the prison yard and the rebellion was on its way to being resolved through diplomacy. On the morning of September 13th, Governor Rockefeller ordered state police to storm the facility. Through a haze of tear gas, police opened fire, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages.

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