The Attica prison riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, on September 13, 1971.  This conflict would leave twenty-one inmates and nine guards dead.  It was the bloodiest prison conflict since the Civil War.  There were numerous causes of the riot. Tensions were already high as the prison was extremely overcrowded and inmates were being denied basic sanitation needs. They were usually limited to one shower a week and one roll of toilet paper per month. Additionally, there were allegations of racism by the prison’s all-white guards against the 54% black population and a significant Puerto Rican minority. Continue reading Revisit: ATTICA PRISON RIOT