Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Brian Fischer, Commissioner

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182

For immediate release:

September 28, 2011


Comprehensive search of facility authorized following two unrelated fights in A Yard recreation area

ALBANY - Commissioner Brian Fischer has lifted the lockdown of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility as staff have concluded their facility-wide frisk of inmates, cells, common areas and vocational shop locations. The lockdown began last Friday, September 23rd following two successive, but unrelated fights between offenders in the facility's A Yard on Wednesday, September 21st and Thursday, September 22nd.

All Attica general confinement inmates were let out of their cells today starting with the breakfast mess hall run and also were allowed to participate in limited afternoon and evening scheduled programs and recreation. Full programming and recreation will resume tomorrow following the morning mess hall run and the facility will return to normal operations.

Staff did not sustain any injuries during the lockdown and subsequent frisk of Attica's 2,150 inmates, their cells, vocational and academic shops and other common areas.

"Our highest priority is the safety and security of our staff and the offenders we supervise," said Commissioner Fischer. "The inmates who assault others can be assured that they will face swift and appropriate disciplinary sanctions and, where applicable, criminal charges as well. In light of the incidents in A Yard last week, I authorized the lockdown in consultation with Attica's Superintendent Mark Bradt and other senior staff."

The fights that occurred last week in Attica's A Yard continue to be investigated by Attica facility and DOCCS central office staff, including conducting disciplinary hearings for every inmate who was involved in either of the two fights (Note: six individuals were involved in the 9/21 fight and twenty-six were in the 9/22 fight). Any disciplinary penalties will be handed down following the hearings.

Due to safety and security issues, no information will be provided on any contraband or weapons seized during the course of the five-day lockdown.

The last lockdown at Attica took place December 24-30, 2006 following the discovery by facility staff of elevated amounts contraband and weapons.