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  2. The Most Infamous Inmates of Alcatraz - Biography
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    • Inmate #85: Al 'Scarface' Capone. Conviction: Tax evasion. Time Served at Alcatraz: 5 years (1934–1939) Post-Term: mental illness, death from syphilis. By the time Al Capone arrived at Alcatraz on the morning of August 22, 1934, he was past his peak as a crime kingpin.
    • Inmate #110: Roy Gardner. Conviction: Armed robbery. Time Served at Alcatraz: 2 years (1934–1936) Post-Term: author, suicide. Alcatraz was repurposed by the federal government from a military prison to a general federal prison in 1933 expressly to deal with criminals like Roy G. Gardner, the man who was nicknamed “King of the Escape Artists.”
    • Inmate #117: George 'Machine Gun' Kelly. Conviction: Kidnapping. Time Served at Alcatraz: 17 years (1934–1951) Post-Term: died of a heart attack in jail. It couldn’t be said that many of the criminals who ended up in Alcatraz were from good families, but Machine Gun Kelly was raised in a well-off Memphis household and even attended some college.
    • Inmate #325: Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis. Conviction: Kidnapping. Time Served at Alcatraz: 26 years (1936–1962) Post-Term: author, pill overdose. Like "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Francis Karpowicz saw kidnapping as an easier way to make large sums of money than bank robbing.
  3. List of inmates of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary - Wikipedia

    This is a list of notable inmates of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.An inmate register reveals that there was 1576 prisoners in total which were held at Alcatraz during its time as a Federal Penitentiary, between 1934 to 1963, although figures reported have varied and some have stated 1557.

  4. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary - Wikipedia

    In the later years, A-Block was mainly used for storage. A law library was set up at some point, where inmates could type legal documents. A small barber's shop was located at the end of A-block where inmates would have a monthly haircut. B-Block. Most new inmates at Alcatraz were assigned to the second tier of B-Block.

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  5. Prisoners of Alcatraz: Learn More About Life on the Island

    When the prison initially opened as a high-profile maximum-security federal prison, the most dangerous prisoners from around the system were sent here. During its time as a maximum-security prison, more than 1,500 of these prisoners spent time here. Life as an Alcatraz Inmate. This prison was known for its strict rules and tough way of life.

  6. The 10 Most Notorious Inmates of Alcatraz | TheRichest

    Jun 16, 2014 · Alcatraz was the prison of the prison system, the school of the hard-knocks. The monotonous and highly structured daily routine was meant to make inmates follow regulations. Prisoners had only four rights: food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Anything besides these were considered a great privilege that had to be earned through hard work.

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  7. The jobs prisoners had in Alcatraz

    Nov 03, 2020 · Some Alcatraz inmates were put to work cooking, cleaning, and doing maintenance, and some worked on the docks, but most were employed in what were termed "Prison Industries" — that is, in factories on the northwestern side of the island. There they made products like gloves, shoes, rubber mats, brushes, brooms, raincoats, and more.

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  8. The Military Prison - Alcatraz Island

    In September of 1867, for example, all of Alcatraz's prisoners were temporarily transferred to Fort Point where a makeshift prison was installed in the casemates. But De Russy was right; prisoners could and did escape. They were returned to Alcatraz early in 1868 when the fort at Fort Point was temporarily abandoned.

  9. Crimes and Punishments - Alcatraz Prison

    One of the wardens, James A. Johnston, described the prisoners as hot, dirty, unshaved, weary, depressed, and showing plainly they felt they were at the end of the trail. Prisoners were not exucuted at Alcatraz, but there were deaths at the prison: 8 were muders by other inmates, 5 were suicides and 15 died from illness.

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