Utilizing our unique legislative mandate to inspect New York State prisons, the Correctional Association of New York has visited Attica Correctional Facility seven times since 1995. The positive improvements the Correctional Association found at Attica, such as more GED and college education programs, improved mental health services, and better dental care, while a step in the right direction, are grossly overshadowed by serious concerns for the safety and well-being of the people incarcerated there. During our 2011 visit to the prison, the Correctional Association received reports of violence and abuse which were worse than nearly all of the facilities we have recently visited. Four decades since the historic uprising, Attica prison has failed to evolve into a safe place for incarcerated people. The problems at the prison are so deeply engrained and so troubling that the only way to counter the pervasive brutality there is to shut the facility down entirely
CA in the Press | June 20, 2013

The Fight to Close Attica Continues

By KORI TUITT Special to the AmNews The Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County, N.Y., is infamously known for the 1971 riot by inmates demanding better treatment. Inmates held 40 correction officers hostage for five days, which ultimately resulted in a massacre by New York State Police. The gunfire left 39 people killed, including 10 guards.Read More

News | September 25, 2012

Attica: The Bars That Bind Us

Attica Correctional Facility

Everyone exposed long-term to max incarceration at Attica pays a high price. Find out why and how you can help change a broken system.Read More

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CA in the Press | September 24, 2012

Op-Ed: Attica Must Be Shut Down

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The head of the nonprofit Correctional Association argues that Attica Correctional Facility should be closed—not because of its tragic history, but because of a present-day atmosphere of hostility and harsh treatment.Read More

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CA in the Press | September 17, 2012

Upon anniversary of riot, prisoner advocates call for closing of Attica

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The Correctional Association of New York, along with other organizations, held an event on Friday at Riverside Church in New York City to advocate a call to closure of Attica Prison. Read More

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News | September 5, 2012

Join the call to action: September 14 at Riverside Church

Cornel West, Soffiyah Elijah and Asha Bandele at the 2011 Attica event.

Advocates, activists, and academics are coming together once again at Riverside Church to commemorate the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison massacre.Read More

CA in the Press | January 12, 2012

Report sheds troubling light on Attica’s state prison

The CA reported "a noticeable high level of intimidation and fear throughout the facility both during our visit."Read More

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Press Release | December 22, 2011

Behavior of four Attica corrections officers part of larger culture of violence and intimidation at facility

DOCCS investigation will hopefully serve as a signal throughout the system that the intimidation, harassment, and physical abuse of incarcerated people will not be tolerated, and that there will be accountability and consequences for officers who choose to break the law.Read More

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CA in the Press | December 15, 2011

Attica CO Charged With Assaulting Inmate “Eager to Clear His Name”

Four Attica State Prison Corrections Officers have been indicted for allegedly beating up an inmate, and then conspiring to cover it up by allegedly filing a false report that the inmate was in possession of a razor during an altercation at the prison in August.Read More

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Press Release | December 5, 2011

Suicides in NYS prisons reach highest rate in 28 years

The Correctional Association will present testimony before the Correction and Mental Health Committees of the NYS Assembly about recent dramatic increase in suicides. Read More

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News | November 1, 2011

Investigating Attica

Utilizing our unique privilege to monitor prisons, the CA’s Prison Visiting Project traveled to the notorious Attica Correctional Facility in April 2011 to assess conditions and services for incarcerated people.Read More

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