Alcatraz Prison - Cruises
Alcatraz Prison - Alcatraz Cruises - San Francisco - Federal Penitentiary
West Coast Tourist Attraction
Alcatraz Island entered service as a federal penitentiary in 1934. It was born out of
a joint effort between the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons at a time
when the American criminal justice system was searching for solutions to violent
crimes plaguing the nation in the post-Prohibition era.
Alcatraz saw its last prisoners in 1963, when the penitentiary was closed by the
federal government. Although its history isn't one that can be considered happy
and cheerful, the passage of time has served to turn the former prison into a major
tourist attraction on the West Coast for visitors to San Francisco. For job seekers in
the maritime industry,
Alcatraz Cruises offers a number of different types of
positions. During its active lifetime as a maximum security prison, it was intended
to incarcerate inmates serving prison sentences for predatory crimes, such as
kidnapping, murder, violent assault, and racketeering. The head of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, which dealt with organized crime, was asserted to have
had an interest in the facility.
The history of Alcatraz actually goes beyond that of a post-Depression supermax
prison, but its role as a jail for prisoners serving life sentences overshadows
other aspects of its history. In 1964 and 1969, Native-American Indians occupied
the prison. It was a time when many of their tribes were suffering the fate of
termination because of government policies. In the mid-1800s, Alcatraz served as
a military installation. (US NPS)