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01/01/1934 Alcatraz becomes a federal prison


Alcatraz​ Before It was a Prison


Alcatraz - A Brief History


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The military prison facility was turned into a federal one, housing the most dangerous of the dangerous law offenders. The civilian prison was designed with a much bigger focus on security than its military counterpart. New cell bars and window covers made of tool-proof steel were deployed in the 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