As the Hochul administration looks to consolidate and close New York prisons, one name jumps to mind—and not just because its history is written in blood. 50 years after the famous prison uprising, it's time to close New York's worst prison: Attica.
We arrive at this conclusion from very different backgrounds. One of us is a formerly incarcerated activist who spent time in New York prisons. The other is a former federal prosecutor and police officer. But we both believe that closing Attica would be an important symbolic and practical step, a testament that the state is turning the page on its punitive past and abandoning the use of violence as a tool for control.
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