1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1-62. This
session marks the first day of hearings that were held
in New York City at Channel 12/WNDT-TV 433 West 53rd Street.
Mr. McKay restates the commission's aims and summarizes
the events and testimony given during the first three days
of testimony in Rochester, New York. Henry Rossbacher supervised
interviews with corrections officers about their views
of the prison and events related to the uprising. Rossbacher
summarizes the characteristics of the corrections officers
at Attica. He discusses their cultural backgrounds, job
training, pay structure, and working conditions at Attica.
David Addison was charged with the task of looking at grievances
of the prisoners and the underlying conditions leading
up to the Attica uprising. Based on hundreds of interviews
of Attica prisoners. Addison presents an overview of the
inmates views towards Attica prison and its corrections
2: New York City Hearings, pages 62-125. Mr. Addison
continues his testimony about the opinions of prisoners
regarding job placement and pay at Attica. He discusses
how certain prisoner groups were discriminated against.
Mr. Henderson attempts to broaden the testimony about discrimination
at Attica to discrimination in general in the United States.
But, Mr. McKay interrupts Henderson's arguments, and asks
that the discussion return to Addison testimony. Addison
discusses the lack of educational opportunities for the
inmates, and he reports other grievances of the prisoners
such as the use of pork products in the cafeteria and the
general poor quality of prison food.
York City Public Hearings ~ April 17, 1972 (Afternoon)
1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 125-200.
Cornell Capa, a photographer, was sent to Attica
to document visually the conditions of Attica. Capa
narrates his personal observations while showing
his photographs to the commission. Lanny D. Boone,
an inmate at Attica, is questioned by Steven Rosenfeld
. Boone testifies about political activities by prisoners.
In particular, he discusses a sociology class that
was taught at Attica, which focused on political
ideas and created a venue for prisoners to voice
their opinions. Chris Mayers, an inmate at Attica,
discusses his experiences at Attica in general, and
what he was doing in particular the time of the prison
New York City Public Hearings, pages 200-268. Mr.
Henix continues his examination of Chris Mayers.
Mayers discusses a harassment incident concerning
an inmate by one of the guards. Mr. Rosenfeld shows
film clips to better illustrate how the prison was
taken over by the inmates. He walks the commission
step by step through the process of the prisoners
taking over the prison. Attica prison Sergeant, Jack
English, testifies about events on September 9th.
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