ATTICA, N.Y. — It's been 42 years since the Attica prison riot ended.
A memorial service was held at the prison Friday to mark the anniversary of the deadliest prison uprising in American history. People gathered outside the prison to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the riot.
In 1971, inmates rioted, demanding better living conditions. It escalated when they took prison guards hostage.
After four days of negotiating, State Police retook the prison, and 43 people were killed.
The president of the union representing corrections officers says the system still faces problems.
"We need to take a look at the system, make it safe for inmates, employees and provide an environment that we know could become dangerous but we have the available space to handle any situation that might come up," said NYSCOPBA president Donn Rowe.
Rowe says the prison system is getting more dangerous with crowding of prisons and consolidations and cuts of the prison system.