Events Docu-Links
Attorney General Homer Cummings sights Alcatraz prison as he returns from a visit to Alaska. He decides to investigate this site as a possible location for the super prison he envisions.
The Secretary of War grants use of Alcatraz to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for five years.
San Francisco citizens protest the choice of Alcatraz as the nation's maximum security prison. The Department of Justice calls upon them as patriotic Americans to support the penitentiary.Response to San Franciscan Concerns
James A. Johnston, former warden of San Quentin, is appointed as Warden of Alcatraz.
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