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State Employee Victims Reach Proposed Settlement in Attica Riot

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – A dispute that began in the years after the bloody Attica prison riot of 1971 appears finally to be over.

The group called the Forgotten Victims of Attica has reached a proposed settlement with the state. The group represents the state employees wounded or killed during the Attica uprising, when 32 inmates and eleven hostages were killed. Also represented are the survivors of the guard and other employees who were killed.

The lawyer representing the group has confirmed that a settlement has been proposed.

Next week, Governor Pataki will announce that his budget proposal will include a $12 million settlement with the group.

There are about 50 families in the Attica area who contain members of state employees killed or who survived the four-day riot.

Five years ago, a federal judge ordered the state to distribute $12 million dollars to the inmate victims of the riot.