What made Alcatraz an effective prison?

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How did the location, construction, and direction of Alcatraz Island make it one of the toughest and frightening prisons in America?

-- Megan Lamping (MML34@hotmail.com), January 29, 2001


It was generally though that Alcatraz island would be impossible to escape if a prison was set up there. So they finally did set up a prison there I believe in the 1930s. And because this was such a tough prison to escape from, many of the worst people and prisoners in the United States were sent there. That made it a very tough place to go to prison. And of course, the isolation, the constant howling winds, the constant cold all added up to make this a terrible place.

-- Harry Murphy (harrymurphy@my-deja.com*), October 28, 2001.

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