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The McKay Commission

(New York State Special Commission on Attica) Hearings


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Commission Sessions and Summaries

Rochester Hearings ~ April 13, 1972 (Morning)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: Audio, 28:22 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 223-250. Listeners should note that the audio begins on page 228. Liman examines James E. Cochrane about his experiences as a correction officer at Attica Prison. Liman asks Cochrane to explain how correction officers qualify for jobs at Attica. Cochrane details the daily activities of a correction officer.

Part 2: Audio, 37:42 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 250-277. Liman continues his examination of Cochrane on topics such as the use of night sticks by officers, racial attitudes of officers towards prisoners, and the enforcement of the prison rules.

Part 3: Audio, 28:32 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 277-297. Please note that the audio begins on page 278. Liman questions Cochrane about the quality of communication among officers, between officers and the prisoners, and between officers and their superiors.

Part 4: Audio, 37:15 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 297-325. Commissioners Dorothy Wadsworth, Robert B. McKay, William Wilbanks, Robert L. Carter, Bishop Broderick, Amalia Guerrero, and Walter N. Rothschild Jr. examine Cochrane on such topics as the pay scale of officers, staff turnover, and the attitudes of younger prisoners.

Part 5: Audio, 20:16 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 325-341. There is a small gap in the audio between page 325 and 326. Commissioners Walter N. Rothschild JR and Amos Henix finish the examination of Cochrane; they discuss such topics as bigotry at Attica and the methods in which prisoners might be labeled or segregated.

Rochester Hearings ~ April 13, 1972 (Afternoon)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: Audio, 38:20 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 342-368. Walter Clifford Swift Jr., a former prisoner, worked as a medic in Attica. He testifies to Arthur Liman about his experiences with being keeplocked, working at the hospital, and taking high school and college courses at Attica.

Part 2: Audio, 16:17 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 368-379. Commissioners Rev. Edwin Broderick, Dorothy Wadsworth, Robert Carter, and Robert McKay examine Swift on the process of screening at the Attica hospital, and they inquire about the quality of health care prisoners received.

Part 3: Audio, 32:19 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 379-402. Liman examines Harold Goewey, a correction officer at Attica. They address issues concerning the parole system, the HBZ unit, and rules and regulations at Attica.

Part 4: Audio, 17:10 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 402-414. Liman continues his examination of Goewey.

Part 5: Audio, 38:53 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 415-442. Commissioners Henix, Broderick, Wadsworth, Wilbanks, Carter, Guerrero, Rothschild, and Henix question Goewey.

Part 6: Audio, 19:26 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 442-455. Liman questions Luis Angel Rose Martinez a prisoner at Attica. Martinez testifies about his experiences with polio, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at Attica, and about his experiences as a Spanish-speaking inmate at Attica.

Part 7: Audio, 29:45 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, transcript, pages 455-476. There is a small gap in the audio between page 455 and 456. Liman continues his examination of Martinez.

Part 8: Audio, 32:10 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, Transcript, pages 476-500. Martinez describes the type of food served in the prison cafeteria, and explains why prisoners need money.

Part 9: Audio, 19:25 Minutes. Rochester Public Hearings, Transcript, pages 500 514. Listeners should note that there is a gap in the audio between page 500 and 501. Commissioners Guerrero, Broderick, and Wilbanks question Martinez about his attempts to obtain a high school diploma at Attica.

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