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  • Last Train To Alcatraz By Leon Thompson
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    Last Train to Alcatraz by Leon (Whitey) Thompson was a book about a man's struggle to change his whole life and basically turn right side up. Leon started out as a poor kid living in a small city. The only way he could survive was to steal food from stores. As he grew up this stealing attitude kind of grew on him as he started out robbing candy stores and stealing the money. As he got older though he started moving into bigger things like banks. After he robbed many banks all over the United Sta...
  • History Of The Famous Alcatraz Prison
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    An icon of power and strength, Alcatraz has become the single most recognizable symbol of American society. Situated in the San Francisco Bay, one can't help but be drawn to the rocky shore, the dark walls, and the lone light tower sanding cold against a picturesque sunset imagining what it would have been like to be incarcerated in one of the world's most infamous prisons. Discovered in 1775 by the Spanish explorer Juan Miguel de Ayala, La Isla de losAlcatraces was little more than a rock inhab...
  • Alcatraz Prison
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    Alcatraz Island has quite a distinct history. Many people know that Alcatraz served as a federal prison, but most are surprised to know that this island served as a fort. The name Alcatraz was derived from the Spanish word alcatraz which means: Spanish fort or palace (1). Built before the Civil War, it served two main purposes. First, it was to guard the San Francisco bay area from enemy ships against a foreign invasion. Second, it was to hold hostage prisoners of war or POW's as they were calle...
  • Prisoner At Alcatraz
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    page 1 THE CREATION OF aLCATRAZ Between the years 1934 and 1963 one of the most infamous prisons in history was operated. Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary earned a reputation for being one of the most feared prisons in the world. Its maximum security escape-proof environment was built to house the most villainous criminals of its time. For 29 years, under four wardens, Alcatraz Penitentiary succeeded as being a place of isolation and reformation for a total of 1,567 inmates. During the 1930'...
  • Federal Prisons
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    Alcatraz In western California, in San Fransisco Bay, Alcatraz rises 130 feet above the surface of the bay and is about 1755 feet long. The United States Department of Justice used the island as a Military Prison from 1868 until 1933, when it became a federal prison for dangerous prisoners. The prison was closed in 1963. In 1972 Alcatraz became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The island has many natural features such as gardens, tide pools, and bird colonies. This year marks th...
  • Federal Prison History Of Alcatraz
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    Alcatraz Island has quite a distinct history. Many people know that Alcatraz served as a federal prison, but most are reluctant to know that this island served as fort. Built before the Civil War, it served two main purposes. First, that it was to guard the San Francisco bay area from enemy ships against a foreign invasion, and second, to hold hostage prisoners of war or POW's as they were called. In this report, I'll show you how this fortress came to be a federal prison, why it is no longer in...
  • Closing Of Alcatraz As A Prison
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    As the cold waters rush into the San Francisco Bay, they crash up against an island standing in the strait. This rock is hidden by the fog and isolated by the chilling waters of the Pacific that flow in and out every day. It has a gloom that hangs about its rocky face most know it as Alcatraz but the men who experienced this island, referred to her as "The Rock". To the men confined there, it is not only the ultimate in isolation but the most ironic because they are there in the midst of the act...
  • Alcatraz Into The Bureau Of Prisons
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    In the 1920's and 1930's a new wave of crime had swept across the U.S. With the passage of the Volstead Act in 1920, producing and distributing alcohol became an extremely lucrative business. With this also came a sharp rise in organized crime in many of the big cities. Even worse, the crimes committed by members of these gangs became more violent. In July of 1933, J. Edgar Hoover was made the director of the newly formed FBI. Hoover decided that he was going to crack down on these criminals. Ho...
  • Alcatraz Prison
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    Alcatraz: United States Penitentiary 1934-1963 As a result of the Great Depression, a new breed of violent criminals swept the streets of America. In response to the cries of alarmed citizens, Congress enacted a number of statutes, which gave the federal government jurisdiction over certain criminal offenses previously held by the states. With the suggestion of former US Attorney General, Homes Cummings, Congress agreed that a special penal institution of maximum security and minimum privilege b...
  • Prisoner In The Alcatraz
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    The combination of smells – sharp, salty air, after dinner kitchen aromas, and many years he had spent behind bars, it was always the same day after day – that sickening, repulsive, after dinner smell (1, 22). This quote by Joseph Paul Cretzer, a prisoner in the Alcatraz penitentiary, offers a graphic interpretation of prison life on the Rock (otherwise known as Alcatraz). Was the Rock really that bad or did the media label it as a bad stereotype? Should the Alcatraz penitentiary hav...

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