To this day, people who visit Alcatraz prison can go through the shower that served the inmates. The situation of the shower is another proof of the difficult conditions the inmates were under while serving their time behind the prison walls.
Privacy was unheard of, and having some personal space, even during the most intimate moment of the day, was something only to dream of. These were designed with the most elementary features; however, the water the inmates used to take a shower with was boiling hot.
Waxey Gordon was an American gangster specializing in illegal gambling and spent a fair share of time behind the walls of Alcatraz prison. His first introduction to the prison was in 1951, after he was accused and found guilty of selling illegal substances on the streets.
His very long criminal record didnt do him any favors, so when it came to giving his sentence, 25 years imprisonment was handed out. He spent his last days behind the prison's walls, where he died of a medical condition at the age of 52.
The fort of Alcatrax lay near the San Fransisco bay. The majority of improvements to the site were conducted in the late 1880s; however, until the very day, they were never fully completed. The Alcatraz prison was built in 1910, and the full construction of the place took 1912.
The earliest inhabitants of the fort were Native Americans, also known as Ohlone, A Miwok Indian word). They used to grow birds but did not permanently live on the grounds. This image is from the original Fort Alcatraz section taken back in 2020.
The inmates were not given very much. According to federal law, the prisoners were given medical care, a bed to sleep on, food to eat, and clothing. That was it. No one promised a comfortable bed or tasty food; however, they did not go hungry. In addition to theta, the inmates could communicate through these intercoms.
Having intercoms like this assured that there would be no physical contact between a prisoner and the visitor. There would be no way to pass on any devices, food, or letters that haven't been checked. There was complete isolation between the visitor and the inmate.
No Room for Boat Mistakes
To avoid any mistakes made by boat bypasses, this sign was part of the view you could see when getting close to the prison territory waters. It was the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the consequences, if one would pass, were lethal.
So, who would have a pass? We suppose visitors, members of the government, new inmates, police officers, and the press. These were the days when wireless detectors had not been invented yet, so this was the only way to prevent trespasses from entering the forbidden zone.