ALCATRAZ ISLAND PRISON by Warden Johnston

ALCATRAZ ISLAND PRISON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sober, rather than spectacular, history of Alcatraz by Johnston, its warden, from the time when it was set up as a maximum security prison for habitues, incorrigibles and escape artists. There is something of the prison, its regime and routine, and the penological methods Warden Johnston applied. There is even more of the inmates which were screened from all prisons and taken to the ""Rock"" from which escape was considered impossible; their star boarder, Al Capone; the stormy petrel- Roy Gardner; Machine Gun Kelly and the Karpis-Barker gang; these and many other criminal characters, and their pre-prison history provide a contemporary crime documentary, for those that like theirs factual rather than fictional.

Publisher: Scribner