This two-hour documentary examines why prisoners rioted at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York in 1971 and what happened after state troopers stormed the prison, killing 29 inmates and 10 prison guards. The story continues to grow through three strong central characters -- a lawyer, a former inmate and a prison guard held hostage. This chilling program exposes underlying racism, cover-ups and delays in settling lawsuits by revealing the startling truth that guards injured by the rescuers never received any compensation, although injured inmates did. It is a kaleidoscope of social injustice pitting the color and culture of black inmates against the power and prejudice of white-dominated politics.

Brad Lichtenstein, David Van Taylor, producers; Anthony Horn, executive producer; Ed Hersh, vice president, documentaries and specials.

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