Alcatraz: The Gangster Years by David Ward, Gene Kassebaum

By David Ward, Gene Kassebaum

Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis, "Dock" Barker—these have been quite a few of the mythical "public enemies" for whom America's first supermax criminal was once created. In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, David Ward brings their tales to lifestyles, in addition to vibrant money owed of the lives of different notorious criminals who undergone the detention center from 1934 to 1948. Ward, who loved remarkable entry to FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Federal Parole files, carried out interviews with 100 former Alcatraz convicts, guards, and directors to provide this definitive background of "The Rock." Alcatraz is the one ebook with authoritative solutions to questions that experience swirled in regards to the legal: How did prisoners cope psychologically with the cruel regime? What provoked the protests and moves? How did protection flaws bring about the sensational get away makes an attempt? And what occurred whilst those "habitual, incorrigible" convicts have been ultimately published? by means of shining a gentle at the most renowned criminal on the earth, Ward additionally increases well timed questions on ultra-modern supermax prisons.

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He also undertook an exhaustive photographic documentation of the prison; some of his photographs, particularly of the dungeon area, are reprinted in this book. Tony is a recognized expert on Alcatraz in Minnesota. His work for most of a year at minimum wage, paid by the author after federal funds were exhausted, was a measure of his commitment to this project. Gretchen Gray Larson also worked for the author’s low wage before she finished law school and became an assistant Hennepin County attorney.

Her good judgment is represented in the selection of many of the case studies, newspaper articles, and Alcatraz staff reports that appear in this book. Others who coded inmate files were Nancy Heitzig, Dan McCarthy, Celeste Korbel, Jeffrey Stitt, and Herman Milligan. Constance Osterbaan-Milligan, director of research for the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, also coded files but her most important contribution, assisted by Mary Ann Sheble and Karl Krohn, was managing the quantitative analysis of the statistical data abstracted by the coders from inmate files.

By shining a light on the most famous prison in the world, Ward also raises timely questions about today's supermax prisons. Review "Enjoyable as well as informative. "--California Historian From the Inside Flap "Ward has collected the most impressive documentation anywhere on the workings of a prison. "--Howard Becker, author of Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance and Art Worlds "This groundbreaking history of the country's most notorious prison is the first to give an in-depth analysis of the interaction between the guards and the prisoners.

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