PRISONS: Uprising in Attica

Once a staple scene in Warner Brothers B films, the prison riot has become an ugly constant of American life. As time passes, the revolts of angry convicts get better organized, more political and harder to bring under control. Last week, at the turreted Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, 1,200 of the 2,250 inmates, most of them blacks, seized control of one cell block and parts of two others. They grabbed more than 30 guards as hostages, then locked the gates shut against a gathering force of more than 1,000 heavily...

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