What made Alcatraz an effective prison?greenspun.com : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread
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 (email@example.com*), October 28, 2001.