alcatraz By: Gianna B.

The federal prison on Alcatraz island in California was operated from 1934 to 1963. In it’s years of operation it housed 1,576 men. Alcatraz is one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions. Alcatraz has housed some of the most dangerous criminals in America.

There have been 14 known attempts to escape involving 36 inmates, but none of the inmates ever made it out successfully. 23 of the prison’s inmates were caught, while 6 were shot, 2 drowned, and the remaining 5 went missing and were presumed drowned.

One of the most famous inmates was Al Capone. Al Capone was arrested in 1931 and was transferred to Alcatraz when it opened in 1934 and was held there for four and a half years until 1939.

The prison was closed in 1963 due to operating expenses that were too high. The prison is now open to the public and 1 million tourists visit the island each year.

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