Attica Correctional Facility

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Attica Correctional Facility
Attica, New York (Correctional Facility).jpg
Location 639 Exchange Street Road
Attica, New York
Status open
Security class maximum / supermax
Capacity 2253 [1]
Opened 1931
Managed by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

The Attica Correctional Facility is a maximum security/supermax New York State prison in the town of Attica, New York,[2][3] operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. After it was constructed in the 1930s, it held many of the most dangerous criminals of the time. A tear gas system installed in the mess hall and industry areas has been used to quell conflicts in these areas. The prison now holds many inmates who are serving various types of sentences (short-term to life), and who are usually sent to the facility because of disciplinary problems in other facilities.[4]


Attica was the site of a prison riot in 1971 which resulted in 43 deaths, of which 33 were convicts and ten were correctional officers and civilian employees. One officer died at the hands of the rioting convicts in the riot's early stages. The rest died by gunfire from state troopers and other retired officers.[4] One of the biggest reasons for the riot was overcrowding and injustice towards the inmates, but to this day Attica Correctional Facility is still over maximum capacity by double bunking a small portion of their population in small cells designed to house only one inmate.[5]

Notable inmates


  1. ^ "Attica Correctional Facility" (PDF). Correctional Association of New York. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Facility Listing Archived September 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.." New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Retrieved on July 2, 2010. "Attica Correctional Facility 639 Exchange St Attica, New York 14011-0149."
  3. ^ "Attica town, Wyoming county, New York Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  4. ^ a b See Attica Prison riot
  5. ^ "WGBH American Experience . The Rockefellers - PBS". Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  6. ^ See Attica, The Official Report of the NYS Special Commission on Attica,(1972); A time To Die, by Tom Wicker, New York Times editor, columnist, actual riot observer
  7. ^ "Joseph Sullivan Biography" Retrieved on March 26, 2016.

Further reading

  • Thompson, Heather Ann (23 August 2016). BLOOD in the WATER : The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Vintage Books ed.). New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 9780375423222. 

External links

  • NYS prison information

Coordinates: 42°51.0′N 78°16.3′W / 42.8500°N 78.2717°W / 42.8500; -78.2717

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