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Post date: May 21 2015

Office Of The New York State A.G. Announces Release Of Report On 1971 Attica Uprising

Release Of Report Follows A.G.’s Request To Court To Unseal Meyer Report On The Uprising

Attorney General To Turn Over Attica Related Documents To State Archive

NEW YORK –  The Office of the New York State Attorney General today released Volumes Two and Three of the Meyer Report on the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility and announced that it would turn over documents related to the uprising that were not part of grand jury proceedings to the New York State Archive. 

While Volume One of the Meyer report was made public in December 1975, Volumes Two and Three were only released following a request by the Attorney General’s Office to the New York State Supreme Court in 2013 to unseal the report. The Court agreed to the Attorney General’s request to unseal the report, but directed the Attorney General to redact all references in Volumes Two and Three of the report that relate to evidence, testimony, or witnesses or matters related to or derived from grand jury proceedings.

“Today, we are shining new light on one of the darkest chapters of our history,” said Marty Mack, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs. “We hope that, with the release of the Meyer Report, we can bring the families of Attica uprising victims closer to closure and help future generations of Americans learn from this tragic event.”

The Meyer Report was presented to former New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey and former New York State Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz in October 1975 by Special Deputy Attorney General Bernard S. Meyer. Governor Carey appointed Meyer Special Deputy Attorney General in April 1975 “to inquire into and evaluate charges related to the conduct of the investigation into the retaking of the Attica Correctional Facility and related events subsequent thereto.” The Meyer Report is a report on Meyer’s inquiry and evaluation.

Volume One of the Meyer Report was released to the public in full in December 1975. A copy of Volume One is available here.

The second and third volumes of the report were kept under seal for decades. In September 2013, the Office of Attorney General filed a motion in Erie County Supreme Court seeking permission to unseal Volumes Two and  Three of the Report. In 2014, Supreme Court Judge Patrick A. NeMoyer approved their release, but ordered material derived from Grand Jury proceedings to be redacted.  The newly released redacted version of Volumes Two and Three of the Meyer Report are available to the public here.

The Attorney General’s Office will also be sending files related to the Attica uprising that were not part of the grand jury proceeding to the New York State Archives, with the direction that they be permanently preserved.