Speaking Out from the Inside: The 1993 Lucasville Prison Uprising
Since fresh mortar was applied to the first brick, prison construction has been designed to contain ugly secrets. The high walls are built to prevent information leaks as well as prisoner escapes. Millions of Americans travel past prisons daily without curiosity or concern.
Penal authorities have traditionally offered, as primary cause for riots and disturbances, only isolated, decontextualized prison incidents. New York's Governor Rockefeller reported that the riot at Attica was based upon a complaint about needing more toilet paper. Unlike the prison authorities and the media, Staughton Lynd acknowledges the magnitude and the complexity of the conditions that drive inmates to organize a revolt.