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The Prison Guard’s Daughter

The Prison Guard’s Daughter

Fifty years later, Deanne Quinn Miller and Gary Craig tell the full story behind the Attica Prison Riot and what we all should learn from it today.

To learn more about Deanne Quinn Miller:
To learn more about Gary Craig:
October 3, 2021

The Prison Guard’s Daughter

Searching for Truths from the Nation’s Deadliest Prison Uprising

Featuring

Deanne Quinn Miller,

co-founder of the Forgotten Victims of Attica

& Gary Craig,

the Public Safety Watchdog Reporter, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Details

MODERATOR: Evan Dawson (WXXI Connections)

Attica. For many Americans, the very name reverberates with dread and disaster down the years. This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest prison uprising in our nation’s history, a brutal riot in a brutal environment that led to a brutal response from New York authorities.

William Quinn was a Corrections Officer at Attica State Penitentiary when the uprising began. He was the only one of eleven prison employees killed during the uprising who died at the hands of prison inmates. The others were slain by gunfire in the September 13th seizure of the prison by New York State police. Meanwhile, 32 inmates lost their lives.

Deanne “Dee” Quinn Miller was five years old when her father died. Throughout her life, she has sought to learn the truths of the riot, the state’s ultimately disastrous response, and more about her father’s life and death. Her long journey became one of racial reconciliation and persistence, as she befriended former Attica inmates and pushed and prodded the state to release records, confront and change prison policies, and atone for its horrifying treatment of the survivors of the riot and the families who lost loved ones. She was a driving force in the creation of Forgotten Victims of Attica, which was eventually awarded $1.2 million in restitution by the state.

Her efforts have now culminated in the release of a new memoir, co-written with Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Investigative Reporter Gary Craig, entitled “The Prison Guard’s Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica”. Her words and experience are deeply moving as New York State remains haunted by the spectre of Attica fifty years later.

Gary Craig, a reporter with the D&C since 1990, has written extensively about Attica since the 2000 court settlement with inmates brutalized after the retaking of the prison. He is the author of the highly regarded “Seven Million”, the story of Rochester’s infamous Brink’s heist. His sparkling career with the D&C includes many ground-breaking stories about the Rochester region’s critical issues and the corruption or government inertia that often surrounds them.

WXXI radio host Evan Dawson will lead the discussion as our program moderator.

COVID GUIDELINES:  Please visit GMEForum.org or FHPAC.org prior to each event for the latest guidelines regarding masking, social distancing and vaccination requirements.

A Note on the Pandemic: The Forum will be in adherence with whatever CDC and NYSDOH COVID guidelines are in effect at the time of each event. Attendees are welcome to wear a mask regardless of whether any mandates are in place. If it becomes necessary to once again impose social distancing inside the auditorium, ticket holders choosing not to attend an event will receive a full refund of the ticket price.

Deanne Quinn Miller's BIO:

Deanne Quinn Miller is co-founder of the Forgotten Victims of Attica and the daughter of correctional officer William Quinn, the first casualty of the Attica Prison Riot. With Miller’s leadership, the Forgotten Victims secured $12 million in reparations for its members, counseling for all who sought it, and an annual memorial at the prison. The organization continues to push for other goals—the unsealing of the remaining thousands of pages of non-public riot records and an apology from the New York State.

Miller has previously worked as the executive director of the Genesee Veterans Support Network and received the state Women Veterans in the Justice System award in 2016 and the Women of Distinction Award in 2017 for her work with veterans. She graduated cum laude from the University of New York at Buffalo with a BS in Consumer and Family Studies. Since 2014, she has been the Program Coordinator for the Veterans Defense Program of the New York State Defenders Association, a program that provides support and legal aid to struggling veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Miller lives in Batavia, New York, and is married with two daughters.

Gary Craig's BIO:

Gary Craig is an investigative reporter with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He has won national awards for his reporting and writing—including multiple awards for reporting on prison conditions—and more than two dozen state, regional, and national honors. He is the author of Seven Million: A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink’s Heist.

Craig covered the resolution of the decades-long lawsuit filed by Attica inmates against the state. Since 2000, he has written extensively about Attica, reporting on the birth and work of the Forgotten Victims of Attica, and the efforts to open Attica records. Craig lives in Rochester, New York, and is married with two daughters.

October 3, 2021
The Prison Guard’s Daughter

The Prison Guard’s Daughter

Searching for Truths from the Nation’s Deadliest Prison Uprising

Featuring

Deanne Quinn Miller,

co-founder of the Forgotten Victims of Attica

& Gary Craig,

the Public Safety Watchdog Reporter, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Details

MODERATOR: Evan Dawson (WXXI Connections)

Attica. For many Americans, the very name reverberates with dread and disaster down the years. This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest prison uprising in our nation’s history, a brutal riot in a brutal environment that led to a brutal response from New York authorities.

William Quinn was a Corrections Officer at Attica State Penitentiary when the uprising began. He was the only one of eleven prison employees killed during the uprising who died at the hands of prison inmates. The others were slain by gunfire in the September 13th seizure of the prison by New York State police. Meanwhile, 32 inmates lost their lives.

Deanne “Dee” Quinn Miller was five years old when her father died. Throughout her life, she has sought to learn the truths of the riot, the state’s ultimately disastrous response, and more about her father’s life and death. Her long journey became one of racial reconciliation and persistence, as she befriended former Attica inmates and pushed and prodded the state to release records, confront and change prison policies, and atone for its horrifying treatment of the survivors of the riot and the families who lost loved ones. She was a driving force in the creation of Forgotten Victims of Attica, which was eventually awarded $1.2 million in restitution by the state.

Her efforts have now culminated in the release of a new memoir, co-written with Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Investigative Reporter Gary Craig, entitled “The Prison Guard’s Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica”. Her words and experience are deeply moving as New York State remains haunted by the spectre of Attica fifty years later.

Gary Craig, a reporter with the D&C since 1990, has written extensively about Attica since the 2000 court settlement with inmates brutalized after the retaking of the prison. He is the author of the highly regarded “Seven Million”, the story of Rochester’s infamous Brink’s heist. His sparkling career with the D&C includes many ground-breaking stories about the Rochester region’s critical issues and the corruption or government inertia that often surrounds them.

WXXI radio host Evan Dawson will lead the discussion as our program moderator.

COVID GUIDELINES:  Please visit GMEForum.org or FHPAC.org prior to each event for the latest guidelines regarding masking, social distancing and vaccination requirements.

A Note on the Pandemic: The Forum will be in adherence with whatever CDC and NYSDOH COVID guidelines are in effect at the time of each event. Attendees are welcome to wear a mask regardless of whether any mandates are in place. If it becomes necessary to once again impose social distancing inside the auditorium, ticket holders choosing not to attend an event will receive a full refund of the ticket price.

Deanne Quinn Miller's BIO:

Deanne Quinn Miller is co-founder of the Forgotten Victims of Attica and the daughter of correctional officer William Quinn, the first casualty of the Attica Prison Riot. With Miller’s leadership, the Forgotten Victims secured $12 million in reparations for its members, counseling for all who sought it, and an annual memorial at the prison. The organization continues to push for other goals—the unsealing of the remaining thousands of pages of non-public riot records and an apology from the New York State.

Miller has previously worked as the executive director of the Genesee Veterans Support Network and received the state Women Veterans in the Justice System award in 2016 and the Women of Distinction Award in 2017 for her work with veterans. She graduated cum laude from the University of New York at Buffalo with a BS in Consumer and Family Studies. Since 2014, she has been the Program Coordinator for the Veterans Defense Program of the New York State Defenders Association, a program that provides support and legal aid to struggling veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Miller lives in Batavia, New York, and is married with two daughters.

Gary Craig's BIO:

Gary Craig is an investigative reporter with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He has won national awards for his reporting and writing—including multiple awards for reporting on prison conditions—and more than two dozen state, regional, and national honors. He is the author of Seven Million: A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink’s Heist.

Craig covered the resolution of the decades-long lawsuit filed by Attica inmates against the state. Since 2000, he has written extensively about Attica, reporting on the birth and work of the Forgotten Victims of Attica, and the efforts to open Attica records. Craig lives in Rochester, New York, and is married with two daughters.

Fifty years later, Deanne Quinn Miller and Gary Craig tell the full story behind the Attica Prison Riot and what we all should learn from it today.

To learn more about Deanne Quinn Miller:
To learn more about Gary Craig:

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