Weiser, Kathy. “The Ghosts of Alcatraz.” Lengends of America. N.p., 2003. Web. 13 May 2014. .
We all know that prisoners lived on Alcatraz Island, but where did the guards and their families live? Since Alcatraz is not very big, guard families lived in building number sixty-four. There were three apartment buildings, one large duplex, and four wooden houses for senior officers. The Warden lived in a large home adjacent to the cell houses. He used inmates that had been reported to have good behavior to clean and cook for him. The Captain and the Associate Warden lived in the one duplex. A...
Al Capone once said about Alcatraz " Don't mistake my kindness for weakness, I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember me about." One of the most dreaded prisons in America was Alcatraz, it was built on an island in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz was made for the United States most dangerous and difficult people during its years of being operated. Even though Alcatraz was built as a top end prison it was possible to escape, however it seemed prisoners never made it off the island alive.
The Men who went to Alcatraz were sent there for misbehavior at other penitentiaries. No man was sent directly to Alcatraz. They were sent there for misconduct at other prisons. The men usually had also tried to break out of their old prison. The inmate got to the prison by being chained together put in a train car and shipped out to San Francisco. Once there without leaving the car; the train car was but on a boat and delivered to Alcatraz. When they stepped out of the cars they were marched around the island and into the reformatory. If the men ever got violent they would be sent to the Treatment Unit, or have pri...
Once authorized by Congress, the US Department of Justice acquired control of Alcatraz Island, previously a US Army compound. As the island was redeveloped into a maximum-security prison, seven of its twelve acres were enclosed in a prison compound. The remaining five were set aside for employee residences, apartments, and recreational space. Soon after the redesigning of the old Army fortress, the Alcatraz prison was ready for the grand opening (or better said lockout!). Equipped with four different cellblocks, A, B, C and D, the Rock began its operations on January 2, 1934. Although cellblock A was seldom used, B, C and D provided 378 “cages” to accommodate the most notorious felons that America could produce.
...from stories of the time. While many sources say that they argue with the wild perpetuation in their first paragraph they then maintain an indefinite description of the prison and attempt not to give a detailed look at the components and history of the prison before it lost life when shutting down aside from those stories describing how wild the west was. With this I was also not able to talk to any true experts of the prison, nor visit the prison or those surviving the ones who lived there on either side of the law causing my knowledge and research to be limited to the web, which as before mentioned is limited by lack of fresh or widely varied information. Had there been more sources that went into detail about the prisons other features aside from its capacity I would have been able to give more than an educated, generalized guess on how the some of the prison was.
Alcatraz was a Federal Prison located in the San Francisco Bay. It was built on a twelve acre, solid rock island, one mile from the main land. There were no roads or bridges built to get there. The only access was by boat. The name Alcatraz means Pelican or strange bird. The reason it was named that was because when it was being built it had a lot of strange birds on it. It was built in 1933 as a federal maximum security prison. But prior to Alcatraz being built it had been a military prison and before that an Indian Reservation.
Al Capone was someone who got well known for opening up thousands of illegal bars. He was also known for being the top notch gangster. The reason why he was opening up illegal bars was because of prohibition which led up to a law that no one liked. And the law was that you are not allowed to drink any kind of liquor or alcohol.
Private prisons are not a new occurrence in America. The first jails and prisons in the country were all private entities run for profit. They were not concerned with operating as an institution, but only as a business model, charging the government and prisoners’ families for their keep (Ogle, 1999). The commercial model of using prisoners as free labor and making profits from punishment began around 1825 with prisoner lease programs where prisoners were leased out to business as workers (Jing, 2010). These programs didn’t end until 1940 with the Summers-Amhurst Act (Jing, 2010). The early private prisons failed either because they lost legitimacy due to corruption and abuse,
Alcatraz is an island located in San Francisco California. Its 1.25 miles offshore from the San Francisco bay.There is a prison located on Alcatraz island. The prison was opened August 11, 1934 and closed March 21, 1963. It was home 1,576 of the most horrific prisoners. Alcatraz island is twenty two acres all together. Alcatraz island was discovered in 1775 by a Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala. Juan Manuel de Ayala named the island “La Isla de los Alcatraces,” which translates to “The Island of the Pelicans”. In this satirical essay I believe the Native of Americans can take over Alcatraz.
In 1946, three inmates and two guards lost their lives in the worst escape attempt in the history of the penitentiary, the Battle of Alcatraz. The prisoners decided that if they couldn’t escape, they would die trying, and three of the men got their wish (Presnall, 2001). Another major event that happened at Alcatraz was the American Indian Occupation. Because the Sioux Indians had no authority to take Alcatraz and make it into whatever they wanted, the court declined their suit to possess the island. The Sioux’s argued to John Mitchell, attorney general, that they only wanted to use the island as a university for Indians. Eleven days after the Indians had originally come onto the island to claim Alcatraz in 1969, a large group of Indians then refused to leave the island because they felt they had the right to found a place for Native Americans to feel welcome and share their beliefs (Barter,
Located, on an island in the middle of San Fransisco Bay, Alcatraz nicknamed “The Rock”, which held inmates since the Civil War. In 1934, the highpoint of crime re-fortified Alcatraz into the world’s most secure prison at the time. Escaping the prison consisted of either dying of hypothermia, being dragged by high currents, being caught by the guards, drowning or not making it to land. With Alcatraz’s heavy built security escaping the prison had its level of difficulty yet, it never stoped Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin.
In the early 17th century, a Miwokian Native American traverses a 22-acre island, searching for the eggs of pelicans and other seabirds (Weirde 1). This native is unaware of the cultural and global impact the small, desolate island will have. Around the same period of time, an Ohlone Native American is exiled for violating tribal ordinances (“Pre-1769”). This Native American is homologously unaware that the island he is exiled on will ironically be used for a much similar purpose in only a few centuries as a federal penitentiary. Most Americans now know this island as Alcatraz; however, the island’s use before it housed a federal penitentiary is not typically well-known. When a typical American hears “Alcatraz”, they conjure up images of a maximum-security prison, Al Capone, and many other stereotypicalities. On the contrary, Alcatraz has a surprisingly rich pre-prison history.
It was almost inescapable. One of the reasons why was because the guards… The guards were top of the pole experienced guards. They were not to be messed with. There were more guards than a normal prison too. In a normal prison it was 1 guard for every 10 prisoners, but in Alcatraz it was 1 guard for every 3 prisoners. That more than 3x the amount of guards. There was even tear gas that would drop through the ceiling if there were riots. In addition, there were gun boxes and a control room that monitored everything. This was need to keep the prisoners under control.