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Attorney General Asks For Attica Prison Riot Documents to Be Unsealed

Over 40 died during nation's bloodiest prison rebellion


New York’s attorney general is asking the court in Wyoming County to release documents related to the 1971 Attica state prison riot.

The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the hundreds of pages regarding the bloodiest prison riot in the nation’s history. He said that it’s important to release these documents for the families and loved ones of those who died due to the riot. The Attorney General added that it’s been 40 years since the rebellion happened and all related criminal civil litigation has ended. Additionally, this information could help future generations understand the riot better and help us understand how to prevent future tragedies.

The 1971 Attica state prison riot resulted in the death of 11 staff and 32 inmates with an additional 89 men injured.

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