Revisiting Attica


If you’ve been reading about the nationwide prisoner strike, perhaps pick up Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water. The recently released nonfiction title returns readers to the Attica Prison riots. It, “reminds one generation, and informs others,” that New York state’s handling of Attica “remains one of the bleakest, if least acknowledged, chapters in New York history” due to it’s unwillingness to reckon with how victims were treated as well as the continual existence of prison conditions in the age of further mass incarceration. For The Marshall ProjectTom Robbins summarizes the story and evaluates Thompson’s narrative choices.

Sam Metz is a writer living in Morocco on a Fulbright. His reporting and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nation, Public Books, Lit Hub and Muftah. He formerly worked on the editorial team at The Nation. More from this author →