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States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island (often just referred to as Alcatraz) was a maximum high-security Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California, USA, which operated from 1934 to 1963..The main prison building was built in 1910–12 during its time as a United States Army military prison; Alcatraz had been the site of a citadel since the 1860s. The United States Disciplinary Barracks, Pacific Branch on Alcatraz was acquired by the United States Department of Justice on October 12, 1933, and the island became a prison of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in August 1934 after the buildings were modernized to meet the requirements of a top-notch security prison. Given this high security and the location of Alcatraz in the cold waters and strong currents of San Francisco Bay, the prison operators believed Alcatraz to be escape-proof and America's strongest prison.

Alcatraz was designed to hold prisoners who continuously caused trouble at other federal prisons. One of the world's most notorious and best known prisons over the years, Alcatraz housed some 1,576 of America's most ruthless criminals including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Mickey Cohen, Arthur R. "Doc" Barker, James "Whitey" Bulger, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate). It also provided housing for the Bureau of Prisons staff and their families. A total of 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts during the 29 years of the prison's existence, the most notable of which were the violent escape attempt of May 1946 known as the "Battle of Alcatraz", and the arguably successful "Escape from Alcatraz" by Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin in June 1962 in one of the most intricate escapes ever devised. Faced with high maintenance costs and a poor reputation, Alcatraz closed on March 21, 1963....Today the penitentiary is a public museum and one of San Francisco's major tourist attractions, attracting some 1.5 million visitors annually. The former prison is now operated by the National Park Service's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the badly eroding buildings of the former prison have been subject to restoration works in recent times and maintained.

The Battle of Alcatraz, which lasted from May 2 to 4 1946, was the result of an unsuccessful escape attempt at Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Two guards—William A. Miller and Harold Stites—were killed along with three of the inmates. Eleven guards and one convict were also injured. Two of the surviving convicts were later executed for their roles...

 Return to product information Alcatraz '46;: The anatomy of a classic prison tragedy http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0883392968/ref=olp_tab_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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  Secrets worth dying for: Timithy James McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/141405811X/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condit

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See photos Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1416571787/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&qid=&sr=

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See photos Introduction to the Criminal Justice System: Principles, Procedures, Practice http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0060455047/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&qid=&sr=

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See photos The Last Gangster: From Cop to Wiseguy to FBI Informant: Big Ron Previte and the Fall of the American Mob  http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0060544228/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos Rat Bastards: The Life and Times of South Boston's Most Honorable Irish Mobster http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0060837160/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&qid=&sr=

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Code of Canon Law: Latin-English Edition (English and Latin Edition) by Catholic Church (1983) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZVPQQP2

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  See photos Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0743260244/ref=olp_page_2?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&startIndex=10

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See photos The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1621570339/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&qid=&sr=

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 See photos The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0300106351/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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 See photos The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0786865334/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos Firearms Laws: A State by State and Federal Summary http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0922802092/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

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See photos  Cape May Court House: A Death in the Night  http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/006000665X/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&qid=&sr=

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See photos Never The Likes Again Recollections of the Daily Experiences of an FBI Agent during the Days of J. Edgar Hoover http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000JBYKFQ/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&qid=&sr=

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See photos The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0312368941/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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See photos Law Among Nations: Introduction to Public International Law  http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0024231606/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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See photos     Mafia, U.S.A. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000O5IUXK/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos La Guardia Years: Machine and Reform Politics in New York City  ttp://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001ISG390/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos The Law Association Centennial 1802-1902 Philadelphia ttp://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000Y46VR8/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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 See photos Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0670063533/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos Code of Jewish Law: Kitzur Shulhan Arukh  http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0884824128/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos American Historical Documents, 1000-1904: With Introduction and Notes http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00412EDRY/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/055307573X/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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 See photos The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0195176618/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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See photos The Underground Empire: Where Crime And Governments Embrace http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0385175353/ref=olp_tab_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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See photos Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler's Rise to Power 1919 - 1933 http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0803789416/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0674278704/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=

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See photos From Victim To Victor: A Step By Step Guide For Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft, Second Edition with CD http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1892126044/ref=olp_page_3?ie=UTF8&condition=used&startIndex=20

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See photos The Medieval Underworld http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/088029714X/ref=olp_page_10?ie=UTF8&startIndex=90
 

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 See photos Criminal Law for the Criminal Justice Professional http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0028009088/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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 See photos Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0934753466/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible

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See photos Lucky Luciano (The Man Who Organized Crime in America) http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/076077952X/ref=tmm_hrd_collectible_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=collectible&sr=&qid=
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See photos The Mafia Encyclopedia http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0816056951/ref=olp_page_2?ie=UTF8&condition=used&startIndex=10

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