The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)

Attorney William Kunstler (R) with the negotiating committee behind him and inmates atop a guard shack in the exercise yard of cell block D. Bettman/Corbis

The riot at Attica Correctional Facility in September 1971, demanding better living conditions and basic human rights, remains a significant moment in the history of the U.S. prison system. But many of the problems that catalyzed it persist.