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New York State Department of Law Special Investigation Files Relating to the Attica Uprising


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Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of digital versions of documents compiled by the Attorney General's Office in response to the class action lawsuit filed against state officials or their estates in 1974 by inmate survivors of the Attica Correctional Facility uprising of 1971. Records in the series include hearing transcripts, trial excerpts, exhibits, court filings, news articles, and other items documenting the prolonged legal action that resulted from the controversial decision to retake the facility by force.
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circa 300 digitized documents
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1971-2001
Bulk Dates:
bulk 1991-2001
Series Number:
W0100

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of digital versions of documents compiled by the Attorney General's Office in response to the class action lawsuit filed against state officials or their estates in 1974 by inmate survivors of the Attica Correctional Facility uprising of 1971. Compiled at the request of the Governor, the bulk of the documents pertain to the case of Akil Al-Jundi, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs vs. The Estate of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Russell Oswald, John Monahan, Vincent Mancusi and Karl Pfeil, Defendants. This case was eventually heard in United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 1991 and following federal appeals court reversals of jury verdicts rendered in 1992 and 1997, was ultimately settled in January of 2000. While the state failed to admit wrongdoing or liability for injuries sustained by inmates during the retaking of the facility, the plaintiffs were awarded $8 million in compensation. Records in the series include hearing transcripts, trial excerpts, exhibits, court filings, news articles, and other items documenting the prolonged legal action that resulted from the controversial decision to retake the facility by force.

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Related Information

Related Materials

Series B1811 New York State Department of Law Attica Class Action Litigation Files, contains records compiled by attorneys for the defendants in the Al-Jundi case

Series 11185 New York State Department of Law Special Investigation Files, contains records of other investigations conducted by the Attorney General's Office at the Governor's request.

Custodial History

The New York State Attorney General's Office selected and digitized the documents in this series for the purpose of creating an online digital collection in honor of the forty-fifth anniversary of the Attica uprising.

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