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Historian: From Attica to Kinross, we have a right to know what happens in our prisons

In new new book, Heather Ann Thompson looks at the Attica prison uprising of 1971. and what it can tell us about today's prisons.
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In new new book, Heather Ann Thompson looks at the Attica prison uprising of 1971 and what it can tell us about today's prisons.

 

The book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy has been getting lots of attention by the national media and is a National Book Award finalist.

The author is University of Michigan Professor of History Heather Ann Thompson.

She joined us today to talk about the 1971 prison uprising in New York and what we can learn from it today.

"Whether it’s Attica in 1971 or it’s our own Michigan’s Kinross facility today," she said, "these are public institutions and we have a citizen's right to know what goes on behind those bars and behind those walls, and we don't."

*This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 21, 2016.

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