Alcatraz Prison... Most people think scary, dangerous, and a very isolated place when they hear those words. They also think of the island it’s on in San Francisco Bay, the people that have been there like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, and also the many escape attempts quite a few prisoners have tried to take a stab at. Always though, these attempts failed. There are one-thousand eight hundred twenty-one prisons in the U.S., but none of them were anything compared to Alcatraz. (“Alcatraz Prison”)
Alcatraz is placed in San Francisco Bay for many reasons. First of all, it is surrounded by freezing cold water with an unbearable current that can wipe you away in a matter of seconds. The location of Alcatraz is what made it what it really is. The conditions of the island were known to drive the prisoners crazy. They said that if the wind blew just right, they could hear people on boats laughing, talking, and the loud music coming from the parties. The location of Alcatraz was also a bad thing for the government. Due to it’s position, everything had to be shipped in at great expense. It is said that many prisoners “tried to catch a ride home” on the boats that came barrelling in and out of the Bay. Therefore this was a great risk.
The prisoners in Alcatraz could either serve good time or bad time there. In good time you were a good prisoner, respectful to the officers, and were out of there in a few years. In bad time though, you were a horrible prisoner, mean to everyone, and stayed in Alcatraz from anywhere to ten to thirty years. There were famous prisoners like Al Capone, Robert Stroud, and George Kelly. Al Capone was sent to Alcatraz because his incarceration in Atlanta, Georgia had allowed him to remain in contact with the outside world and continue to run his criminal operation in Chicago. What Capone said one day, about a year after he got to...
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