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Mark Donatelli on the Forty Year Anniversary of The New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot

Posted by Reed C. Bienvenu | Jan 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the deadliest prison riots in American history occurred at the state penitentiary in Santa Fe on February 2, 1980.

The riot lasted nearly 36 hours and ultimately resulted in the deaths of 33 prisoners.

On the fortieth anniversary of this horrific event, Mark Donatelli spoke with the Albuquerque Journal about the legacy of the riot and the problems that continue to plague the state prison system.

The Albuquerque Journal's complete series “Revisiting the Nightmare” is available here.

Articles featuring Mark Donatelli's comments are available here and here.

A KOAT report on the fortieth anniversary of the riot is available here.

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Reed C. Bienvenu

Attorney - Santa Fe Office


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