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12/10/1933 Alcatraz Citadel becomes the Federal Penitentiary


Alcatraz (4K) - San Francisco


Inside Alcatraz Federal Prison

The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco, California. Alcatraz had been the site of citadel since the 1860s. On this day the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Pacific Branch on Alcatraz was acquired by the United States Department of Justice. In August 1934 the island became a prison.
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    • Essentials 

    • Construction 

    • Early history 

    • Reputation 

    • Final years 

    • Escape attempts 

    • Battle of Alcatraz 

    • "Escape from Alcatraz" 

    • Administration 

    • Security 

    • Prison life and the cells 

    • Corridors 

    • D-Block 

    • Dining 

    • Recreation 

    • Warden's House 

    • Building 64 

    • Social Hall 

    • Power House 

    • Alcatraz water tower 

    • Model Industries Building 

    • New Industries Building 

    • Legends