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Thursday, September 8, 2016
Prison reform groups urge Governor Cuomo to close Attica
Attica Correctional Facility continues to operate as a real and symbolic epicenter of racist brutality and inhumane treatment in New York State. The history of the 1971 Attica uprising and the state’s violent suppression of that rebellion still infuse Attica’s walls and operations.
Prison reform advocates and activist groups gathered outside the New York Governor offices in Manhattan to urge Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to close Attica immediately and permanently.
The levels of staff brutality, racism, abuses of power, impunity, and overall environment of abuse and violence, continue to be pervasive at Attica. Unfortunately, Attica is not alone – and many other New York State prisons, including Clinton, Greene, Great Meadow, and others also have pervasive staff violence and abuse.
New York must close Attica, end violence and abuse across all prisons, reduce the number of prisons and people incarcerated, and free up resources currently wasted on caging people to build the things that help communities thrive: education, housing, healthcare, and human services.
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