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During the 1971 uprising at Attica State Prison, inmates wearing cloaks and football helmets, some of them with makeshift weapons, waited to negotiate their demands with state officials.
Looking Back

The Riot and the Retaking

Reliving the infamous Attica prison revolt and the bloody siege, minute-by-minute, in the social media age

On this day in 1971, New York state troopers raided Attica, the rural upstate prison where inmates had taken control, holding dozens of guards hostage for four days and demanding reforms. By the time order was restored, 10 hostages and 29 inmates were dead. Scores more were wounded. Four others—one guard and three prisoners—were killed earlier during the standoff.

The Marshall Project has written about the tensions and brutality that still pervade Attica today and about many of the books that explored the conditions that made Attica ripe for revolt and the investigations that followed in the aftermath.

To mark the 45th anniversary of this seminal moment in America's criminal justice system, The Marshall Project replayed the uprising from beginning to end. Using the social network Twitter, we broadcast the events that led up to the riot, the days of negotiations for the release of the corrections officers held hostage and finally the violence that ended the stalemate on the morning of Sept. 13, 1971.

Each tweet went out at roughly the same day and date as the events described 45 years earlier. Here, we've collected the entire timeline of @atticasghosts.

Sept. 8, 1971

Sept. 9, 1971

Sept. 10, 1971

Sept. 11, 1971

Sept. 12, 1971

Sept. 13, 1971

Sept. 14, 1971