Men Who Were Sent to Alcatraz

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Alcatraz began in 1850 as a military prison. Later it became a federal prison. Then on the verge of 30 years it was closed. Then for a while Indians used the island. Alcatraz was used to house the criminals who provoked problems at other jails. The island was located off the coast of California.
The island has had many uses over a span of 122 years. Alcatraz was first used as a Military prison. They used it as a Military prison from 1850 to 1934. In 1934 it was changed to a federal prison. The Military cons were the first inmates of the prison. Then after roughly 30 years of federal prison use, Alcatraz was shut down due to deterioration and cost.
The next to inhabit the island were Indians. In the Monte Cristo, a charter boat, the Indians set out for Alcatraz lead by Richard Oakes, a Mohawk Indian; they did this to symbolically claim the island for themselves. The first occupation lasted November 20th 1969 to June 11th 1971, there were also two other occupations. One of the last occupations was to open a college on Alcatraz, but the government advised the Indians to leave the island. (Johnson)
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...

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