Humanities New York Publishes New Article on Sing Sing Revolt

January 28, 2020 In the Press

To build upon their public events on the history of incarceration in New York, Humanities New York has just published a new article on "The Sing Sing Revolt" by historian Lee Bernstein.

He writes, 

“As 1983 began, New York’s prisons reached a chokepoint: in the past decade the inmate population went from 12,444 to 27,943. Mario Cuomo, who would become the nation’s most prominent liberal politician after delivering the keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, prepared to take the oath of office to become the state’s fifty-second governor. Corrections officials scrambled to find beds for four hundred new people each week in crumbling facilities and repurposed public buildings.”

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