The Attica Uprising and Aftermath

New York State Department of Law Attica Class Action Litigation Files

Identifier: W1234
Repository: New York State Archives
Description: This series consists of documents pertaining to the class action lawsuit filed against state officials or their estates in 1974 by inmate survivors of the Attica Correctional Facility uprising of 1971. The bulk of the documents pertain to the case of Akil Al-Jundi, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs vs. The Estate of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Russell Oswald, John Monahan, Vincent Mancusi and Karl Pfeil, Defendants. This case was eventually heard in United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 1991 and following federal appeals court reversals of jury verdicts rendered in 1992 and 1997, was ultimately settled in January of 2000. While the state failed to admit wrongdoing or liability for injuries sustained by inmates during the retaking of the facility, the plaintiffs were awarded $8 million in compensation. Records in the series include hearing transcripts, trial excerpts, exhibits, court filings, news articles, and other items documenting the prolonged legal action that resulted from the controversial decision to retake the facility by force.