Alcatraz – 1989

Twenty-two acre Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay was once a military fortification and then a Federal Prison from 1933 to 1963.  It was meant for the most incorrigible criminals in the US and rehabilitation had no part of the prisoner’s sentence.  It was strictly a place to remove criminals from US society.

It is a sobering place to tour.  The cells had beautiful views of the city of San Francisco and on quiet nights the sounds of the city would reach the island, apparently rubbing salt in the prisoner’s wounds.  

Sally Port Guardhouse (1857), the oldest building on Alcatraz Island

Sally Port Guardhouse (1857), the oldest building on Alcatraz Island


2 comments

    • Yes it was creepy. A hard place for criminals with little chance of escape, very long prison sentences and very little do to. Yet, the staff had quite nice housing and families with school children lived there. They would go across the bay into San Francisco for school.


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