Alcatraz Island (also called The Rock) is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, United States. Out in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, the island of Alcatraz is a world unto itself. Isolation, one of the constants of island life for any inhabitant – soldier, guard, prisoner, bird or plant – is a recurrent theme in the unfolding history of Alcatraz. The island used to be known as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963, when it became a national recreation area.

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The famous prison located on the Alcatraz Island held Al Scarface Capone and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. The island was featured in movies including Escape from Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood and The Rock with Sean Connery. For prisoners, the worst torture was how close, but unattainable, was life in San Francisco. At night, prisoners could even hear parties and laughter across the bay…

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