Attica Hostages Finally Get Voice - Hearings Will Document What Prison Workers, Families Endured
by Gary Craig, Democrat And Chronicle
More than three decades after the bloody riot at Attica Correctional Facility, the surviving hostages will finally have the chance to tell their stories.
State officials have agreed to a series of public hearings at which hostages, the relatives of prison employees slain during the prison retaking and some officials knowledgeable about the riot will testify.
The hearings, to be held in Rochester and possibly Albany, will create a public record about what the hostages and their families endured during the riot and in the years afterward.
"I think finally our side is going to be able to have its story told and a permanent record of our stories, of what happened during the Attica riot," said Deanne Quinn Miller, whose father, corrections officer William Quinn, was slain by inmates during the riot.
In 2000, inmates who were imprisoned at Attica testified as part of a court settlement to end a 25-year-old lawsuit in which they claimed they were brutalized after the retaking.
The settlement by the state of New York also awarded $12 million to the former inmates and their lawyers.