The Amazing History of Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island

One of the must visits when you go to the Bay Area is the famous island of Alcatraz. Going by its more popular name, “The Rock”, once was a prison for high-profile and high-offenders of the law. It has a very rich history on how it came to be, and how it was ran.

Now, it has been transformed to one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist areas.

Alcatraz is very rich in history – and so if you or your ancestors might have documentation like photos and videos from the days of Alcatraz’ operations, you should definitely take them to a hard drive data recovery expert in San Francisco so you can salvage what’s left and contribute to the history of Alcatraz.

How big were the prisoner’s living quarters / cells?

The cell area or the sizes vary from which cell block you are included in. For example, an average cell in blocks B and C would size up to 5 ft. by 9 ft. Each cell would be equipped with the basic house necessities like a small sink, a toilet and a sleeping cot.

The 5 ft. by 9 ft. quarter would just be enough for one man, as they find themselves reaching both ends of the walls of the cell when they extend their arms.

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The cells in Block D is very different from the B and C blocks as they are more spacious, although the inmates would be locked up 24 hours a day for 6 days a week. There would be one day allotted per week for visits to the recreation yard – but during these visits the inmates from Block D would be alone.

In total, there are about 336 cells in both the B and C Blocks combined. Historically, there were 348 original cells bot then 12 were removed due to the installation of stairways. In the D Block, there are 36 segregation cells and 6 cells were allotted for solitary confinement cells.

How and When Do Alcatraz Inmates Get Visited?

Inmates from Alcatraz only get one visit each month and every visit, no matter who you are, has to get approved directly by the warden. There are a lot of rules when it comes to visitation.

One example would be that there is no physical contact allowed at all which is why conversations are only held via intercom with a glass separating the inmate and the visitor. No current events would also be discussed during these visits and nothing about the prison life. All visits are supervised by an officer.

Any inappropriate actions, misconduct or anything against the rules would be sanctioned and punished by the loss of visiting privileges.

Alcatraz’ Tours

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You can hop on to the ferry that goes around the area around Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz Island and see the island from afar. But if you want to step on the island and do the guided tour, then there are also other promos for that.

All you need to do is approach a tour guide in Fisherman’s Wharf so that you can enjoy your day in Alcatraz.

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