NY Times article exposes culture of violence at Attica long known by the CA
A New York Times article published today exposes what we at the Correctional Association of New York have long observed and said repeatedly: that Attica Correctional Facility continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in New York State prisons. The history of the 1971 rebellion and the state’s violent suppression still infuse Attica’s walls and operations. Recent and ongoing investigations of Attica by the Correctional Association reveal systemic and brutal staff-inflicted physical assaults, verbal and racial harassment, threats, intimidation, and excessive use of punishment and solitary confinement. An underlying culture and environment of abuse – not a few individual bad actors – drive the dehumanization and brutalization taking place.
Entitled, ” A Brutal Beating Wakes Attica’s Ghosts: A Prison, Infamous for Bloodshed, Faces a Reckoning as Guards Go on Trial,” the article by Tom Robbins tells the story of George Williams, whose ordeal at Attica is the focal point of an impending and, according to the Times, “unprecedented” trial in which three guards face charges in the brutal beating of Williams in 2011. However, beyond the tale of what one individual experienced at Attica is a story of an intractable culture of abuse, violence and utter disregard for human dignity that pervades Attica and many other New York State prisons. Read the entire story of George Williams and the ugly legacy of Attica here.
The CA is part of a campaign to Close Attica and end violence and abuse across all New York State prisons. This campaign meets the second Monday of every month at the Correctional Association. This is a new campaign, led by people who have been incarcerated in these violent prisons and their family members. We need you to join us! Together, we can end the brutality and abuse behind the walls. Read our reports and facts about Attica, the culture of violence and abuse that exists across prisons in New York state, and how you can become involved in our work to end these abuses.
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