The Prison Guard's Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica

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About the Author
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 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.
Malcolm Bell grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Harvard College (cum laude) and Law School, served in the U.S. Army, and practiced in Manhattan. After fifteen years of mainly civil litigation, he decided to become a criminal defense lawyer, where more was at stake than other people's money. To learn the new trade, he answered a blind ad for prosecutors, a step that would change his life.The special prosecutor of crimes arising out of New York's bloody 1971 Attica prison riot hired him and soon tasked him with indicting state troopers and prison guards who had committed murders and other violent crimes there. But the closer he came to obtaining indictments, the more his superiors blocked his efforts. He resigned in protest and took the cover-up public in the New York Times. High officials postured and scurried, leading to revelations they had sought to suppress and more justice than they had wanted; and New York law firms lost interest in hiring Malcolm. His account of all this came out in 1985; its latest version is The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-up and the Pursuit of Justice (Skyhorse Publishing, paperback, 2022). While becoming a confirmed Episcopalian at age thirteen, he began to question traditional Christian doctrines. His spiritual journey took him from the Episcopal Church to a United Church of Christ, where he taught junior and senior high Sunday school, to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), where he found his spiritual home. For the past forty years, he has jotted down his spiritual thoughts, which are now collected in Overdue Heresies and Other Reflections of a Quaker Seeker. The book seeks, not to persuade anyone of anything, but to prompt readers to examine their own spirituality.
"Deanne Quinn Miller's life journey is a remarkable tale of healing and reconciliation, born from the tragedy of the nation's deadliest prison uprising-the Attica riot that claimed the life of her father. The Prison Guard's Daughter reminds us that we can reach across divides-racial, social, economic-and learn lessons about others that inevitably teach us about ourselves. In a world in which the chasms among people seem to swell wider every day, this book tells us that our true angels can prevail, as long as we are ready to engage them."

-Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate

"In the wake of the unimaginable trauma caused by the State of New York, there were the courageous few who had to endure even more pain to make sure that there was some reckoning with this horrific event, and some measure of justice for its victims. This is the extraordinarily beautiful story of one of the most courageous of those few, Dee Quinn Miller, who, quite literally, changed history."
-Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

"This book tells the life story of a little girl struck by tragedy who finds strength and courage from seeking and finding other, and occasionally opposite, perspectives. Poignant and salient for anyone who cares about someone else who wears a badge."
-Mike Jimenez, former President of the California Correctional Peace Officers' Association

"[The Prison Guard's Daughter] is a personal, affecting, and eye-opening account of a pivotal tragedy on the seemingly endless road to prison reform."