Alcatraz is the most well known Federal prison in the United States. Back when it was still in operation, it was referred as “Uncle Sam’s Devil’s Island.” The claim was that inmates who broke the prison rules were sent to Alcatraz; with that being said, it was home to the worst of the worst. In it’s 29 years as a Federal prison, 1,576 inmates got to call “The Rock” home.
[Via: ADT Security]
Some of its most famous inmates included: Al Capone (Chicago mob boss), George “Machine Gun” Kelly (bank robber), Robert Stroud (murderer), Arthur “Doc” Barker (robber), Alvin “Creepy Karpis” Karpowics (FBI’s first Public Enemy number one). The prison was considered inescapable—and it nearly was indeed that. The popular film, “Escape from Alcatraz,” which stars Clint Eastwood, five inmates strategize an escape plan and then finally execute it one dark night. That one incident has left a lasting mystery on whether or not the prison was an inescapable place. The five inmates were never seen again—presumably drowned in the San Francisco Bay.
Regardless of who was sent to Alcatraz, one thing was (and is) certain, criminals do the time. At Alcatraz, inmates had only a few basic rights, these included: food, clothing, shelter and medical care.