Attica Correctional Facility

Attica Correctional Facility is a maximum security campus 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. It was constructed in the 1930s and held many of the most dangerous convicts of the time.

Attica Correctional Facility
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Location639 Exchange Street
Attica, New York
Security classMaximum
Managed byNew York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

A CS gas system (chlorobenzylidine malononitrile) installed in the mess hall and industry areas has been used to quell conflicts in these areas. The prison now holds numerous inmates who are serving various types of sentences (short-term to life). They are often sent to this facility because of disciplinary problems in other facilities.[4]


Attica was the site of a prison uprising in September 1971 in which inmates took control of the prison for several days. They were seeking to negotiate to improve conditions and treatment at the overcrowded prison. The state's suppression of the uprising resulted in 43 deaths, of which law enforcement gunfire killed 9 hostage correctional officers and civilian employees, and 30 prisoners. One guard died of injuries sustained from inmates in the first day of the uprising. Three inmates were killed by other prisoners the day law enforcement retook the prison.

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  1. ^ "Attica Correctional Facility" (PDF). Correctional Association of New York. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2018. 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. ^ See Attica Prison riot
  5. ^ "Valentino Dixon".
  6. ^ "How Golf Digest and College Students Helped Free a Man Convicted of Murder". NY Times. September 20, 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  7. ^ "NY Inmate-Artist Freed After Being Cleared of 1991 Slaying". NY Times. Associated Press. September 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "FINDING STRENGTH AFTER LIRR TRAGEDY Ten years ago, a maniac on a commuter train killed 6, wounded 19 and changed untold lives". October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28.
  9. ^ See Attica, The Official Report of the NYS Special Commission on Attica(1972); A Time To Die, (1972), by Tom Wicker, New York Times editor and columnist, on the observer committee
  10. ^ "Joseph Sullivan Biography" Retrieved on March 26, 2016.

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