Comparing Alcatraz And Other Prisons Essay example

860 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Alcatraz was said to be the most secured prison in the world. But like any prison, people can escape. But was that the same for Alcatraz? I have known people in county jails thinking about leaving, but were there people brave enough to take on Alcatraz’s guards and escape? I believe, before doing any research, that people did not escape since Alcatraz was very secured. First off, we have to know the difference between Alcatraz and other jails. “The difference between Alcatraz and other jails is that Alcatraz is a prison. A jail is a place that holds people for a short amount of time. When people are just arrested, jail is the place for them. When people are sentenced, most likely, they will be going to a jail, whether it’s a county jail or not. A prison (Alcatraz), on the other hand, is used to hold people that are sentenced to life. Another difference between Alcatraz and other jails is who runs Alcatraz. The sheriff’s department usually is the one who is in charge of the jails. Alcatraz was run by the state or federal government” (What’s the Difference). “Alcatraz was founded by Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775 when he sailed from San Francisco’s bay out to three islands. He named one of them Alcatraces. The definition of Alcatraz could mean ‘pelican’ or ‘strange bird.’ In 1850, the U.S. Military started to use Alcatraz because of a presidential order. The Gold Rush led to the Military building a Citadel (a fortress defending a place) in the early 1850s. Alcatraz was also…

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