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NCJ Number: 10650 Find in a Library
Title: REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON ATTICA
Journal: FEDERAL PROBATION  Volume:37  Issue:1  Dated:(MARCH 1973)  Pages:3-7
Author(s): W L WILBANKS
Corporate Author: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
Washington, DC 20544
Publication Number: U
Publisher: https://www.uscourts.gov 
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE KERNER COMMISSION'S REPORT ON THE ATTICA FACILITY AND ITS POPULATION, THE SOURCES OF THE DISORDER, THE NEGOTIATIONS, AND THE ASSAULT.
Abstract: THE COMMISSION CONCLUDED THAT ONE OF THE CAUSES OF THE RIOT AT ATTICA WAS TENSION BETWEEN URBAN, ACTIVIST MINORITY GROUP INMATES, AND THE PREDOMINANTLY WHITE, RURAL CORRECTIONAL STAFF. NO EVIDENCE OF A PLANNED UPRISING WAS FOUND, EITHER BY AVOWED REVOLUTIONARIES OR ANYONE ELSE. IT IS HYPOTHESIZED THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS FAILED FOR SEVERAL REASONS - THE OBSERVER COMMITTEE WAS TOO UNWIELDY IN NUMBER AND RACKED WITH IDEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES, THE INMATES WERE INTRANSIGENT IN THEIR DEMAND FOR AMNESTY, AND MANY INMATES FEARED THAT THE STATE'S PROMISES WOULD BE ABROGATED AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE HOSTAGES. THE COMMISSION ALSO CONCLUDED THAT EXCESS FORCE WAS USED IN THE ASSAULT BY THE STATE POLICE AND THE SUBSEQUENT RESTORATION OF PRISON AUTHORITY. FOR THE TEXT OF THE OFFICIAL COMMISSION REPORT, SEE NCJ-007357.
Index Term(s): Arbitration; Emergency procedures; Executive clemency; Inmate grievances; New York; Prison disorders; Riot causes
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