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  • Alcatraz - 878 words
    Alcatraz: United States Penitentiary As a result of the Great Depression, a new breed of violent criminals swept the streets of America. In response to the cries of alarmed citizens, Congress enacted a number of statutes, which gave the federal government jurisdiction over certain criminal offenses previously held by the states. With the suggestion of former US Attorney General, Homes Cummings, Congress agreed that a special penal institution of maximum security and minimum privilege be established. In 1934, the legendary US Penitentiary of Alcatraz was born and became the home of Americas most wanted for the next thirty years. Once authorized by Congress, the US Department of Justice acquir ...
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  • The Effects Of Alcatraz - 1,082 words
    Between the years 1934 and 1963 one of the most infamous prisons in history was operated. Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary earned a reputation for being one of the most feared prisons in the world. Its maximum security escape-proof environment was built to house the most villainous criminals of its time. For 29 years, under four wardens, Alcatraz Penitentiary succeeded as being a place of isolation and reformation for a total of 1,567 inmates. During the 1930s a crime wave crashed through American towns and cities. The primary cause for the eruption and eventual spread of criminal activity, during this period known as the Gangster Era, was the legal prohibition of intoxicating drinks. Ga ...
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  • The Effects Of Alcatraz - 1,093 words
    ... n working in the industry buildings was a privilege. Life on the rock was not always as gruesome as is commonly supposed. alcatraz would allow certain freedoms for those who respected the rules and did as they were told. These freedoms were called privileges, and for some prisoners they were their reason for living, and an escape from imprisonment and the confines of their cells. Such privileges included the right to ask for a light or heavy portion of food in the mess hall (however an inmate was required to eat everything on his plate without excuse). Visitation rights, though carefully granted to certain inmates, would prohibit former convicts and persons who were thought to pose a thr ...
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  • The History Of Alcatraz - 1,468 words
    Although Alcatraz sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, only a little over a mile from the city, the island seemed as distant as if it were a thousand miles out to sea. The island seems uninviting and because of its unappeal, it played an important role in the history of California. The island had a number of uses. Alcatraz was the site of a powerful fortress, a military prison and a federal prison. The island is surrounded by treacherous cross currents and five-knot tides with a deadly undertow. The water temperature around Alcatraz averages fifty-four degrees which is frigid enough to induce hypothermia. In addition to the freezing temperature, there are occasional sharks and whirlpools ...
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  • Alcatraz - 1,307 words
    Alcatraz Island was opened from 1934 to 1963. At that time it was the last stop in the federal penitentiary pipeline. It housed famous criminals such as Al Scarface Capone, George Machine Gun Kelly, and Robert Stroud, The Birdman of Alcatraz (American Automobile Association 81). The warden, James Johnston, turned it into such a brutal place that even the most hardened criminals started calling it Hellcatraz. That raises the question was Alcatrazs brutality essential, or just plain cruel? Located on a twenty-two acre island in San Francisco Bay, about a half mile off shore (National Geographic), Alcatraz was built out of an old military fort. It consisted of a cellhouse, the old fort, work bu ...
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  • History Of The Famous Prison Of Alcatraz - 1,031 words
    Alcatraz was a famous federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The island stands on 12 acres of solid rock, and Alcatraz was often called The Rock. More than one mile of water separates it from the mainland. The Island received its name in 1775 when Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala charted the San Francisco Bay and named it La Isla de Los Alcatraces, which translated to "Island of the Pelicans." The small-uninhabited island had little going for it with its swift currents, minimal vegetation, and barren ground. Seventy-two years later in 1847, the US Army took notice of the island and its strategic value as a military fortress. Topographical engineers began conducting geol ...
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  • History Of The Famous Prison Of Alcatraz - 1,076 words
    ... escape and shots were fired at Boarman, Brest, and Hamilton, who were swimming away from the island. Hunter and Brest were both apprehended. Boarman was hit by gunfire and sank below the water before officers were able to reach him; his body was never recovered. Hamilton was initially presumed drowned. However, after hiding out for 2 days in a small shoreline cave, Hamilton made his way back up to the industries area, where correctional officers discovered him. #8: August 7, 1943 - Huron "Ted" Walters disappeared from the prison laundry building. He was caught at the shoreline, before he could even attempt to enter San Francisco Bay. #9: July 31, 1945 - In one of the most ingenious attem ...
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  • Organized Crime - 1,732 words
    Organized crime has always been occupied with a negative label. Perhaps this is due to the constantly changing environment in America as well as the social state of its homeland, Europe. Our society is convinced that the so-called Mafia is a family of pure criminals, pimps, and murderers. Whatever the opinion, there is no doubt that the Mafia played a big part in the history of America and the way Americans view crime today. The origins of the secret society known as the Mafia are believed to be as old as the 9th century (Mafia History). During the 9th century, the Mafias main purpose was to strengthen themselves against enemies, which invaded their homeland in Sicily. It was supposed to cre ...
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  • The Rise Of Al Capone - 1,510 words
    ... temper stayed under control for about five weeks. But then, Joe Howard, a small-time thug, assaulted Capone's friend Jack Guzik when Guzik turned him down for a loan. Guzik told Capone and Capone tracked Howard down in a bar. Howard had the poor judgment to call Capone a dago pimp and Capone shot Howard dead. William H. McSwiggin, called "the hanging prosecutor," decided to get Capone, but in spite of his diligence he wasn't able to win a conviction, mostly because eyewitnesses suddenly developed faulty memories. Capone got away with murder, but the publicity surrounding the case gave him a notoriety that he never had before. He had broken out of the Torrio model of discreet anonymity o ...
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  • Organized Crime - 1,979 words
    For my report I choose the topic organized crime. I thing organized crime is a big part of this worlds life and economy. The world can not live with it and cannot live with out it. For my report I am going to write about the history of the mafia, and name some of the major crime families. Throughout history, crime has existed in many different forms and has been committed by not only individuals, but by groups as well. Crime is something that knows no boundries; it exists in all cultures, is committed by all races, and has existed in all time periods. Crime exists as a part of the economic institution and is a lifestyle for many people. Crime also exists in both organized and un organized fo ...
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  • Al Capone - 410 words
    Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn New York of an immigrant family. Capone quit school after he had finished the sixth grade and associated with many notorious gangs in the city. Al Capone was famous for being Americas best-known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. He grew up in a very rough and dangerous part of town and was a member of two street gangs. Between als frauds, he was a store clerk, a pinboy in a bowling alley, and a cutter in a bookbindery. As soon as he could, Capone was back out in Manhattan with another gang called the Five Points gang. Scarface, Capones nickname was ...
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  • Shawshank Redemption And Murder In The First - 1,250 words
    Years ago, the worlds penal systems such as Alcatraz Penitentiary; (refer to Appendix A) were biased, corrupt and unjust. Today if such a system existed and was identified there would be immediate action. Murder in the First and The Shawshank Redemption are two similar yet equally engrossing pieces of film-making; both films are set in the 1930s and 1940s in American prisons and both convey the similar message. The Shawshank Redemption was directed and written by Frank Darabont who adapted horror master Stephen King's 1982 novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. This films main characters consisted of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), Boyd Ellis Redding Red (Morgan Freeman), The Warden (Bil ...
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  • The Omega Directive - 1,253 words
    I was on my way into the office and I saw the secretary; Hey Cheryl. Hey Martin. Here, isnt it the big day today? she asked Yep, shes finally coming online. I replied, with a bit of an excited tone in my voice Christ! What is it with men always having to call things she? Her voice had something of a viscous snap to it. Hey, dont blame me dear. I just work here dont I? She giggled. I like it when she giggles. Its got a sweetness to it that, for some reason, most other women lacked. I smiled at her. So..are you, going to let me in? Or shall I just stand all day looking at you, which I wouldnt actually mind doing? I heard a buzz and then a click at the door. Ill take that as a yes then, shall I ...
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  • Al Capone - 1,473 words
    ter> The Rise and Fall of Al Capone Alphonse Capone was born in New York City by two parents Gabriel and Teresa Capone. Capone's parents immigrated to the United States in 1893 from Naples, Italy. Capone came from a large family and was the fourth oldest of nine children. (Kobler 10). As a child, Capone was very wise when it came to living on the streets of New York. He had a clever mind when it came to knowing his environment. Capone was not very bright when it came to school. Capone was an illiterate. He came from a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn, so education was not a priority. At about the age of eleven Capone became a member of a juvenile gang in his neighborhood. Al Capone's philosoph ...
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  • Black Death - 1,798 words
    ... ourses of bleeding, new postures for sleeping and many other remedies. The very rich are trying medicines made of gold and pearls. The terrible truth is that nothing seems to work. Flight is the best option, and if one cannot fly, then all that remains is resignation and prayer. The Medieval Miracles of Healing -- Medical Science So it was that, throughout antiquity, during the early history of the Church, throughout the Middle Ages, and indeed down to a comparatively recent period, testimony to miraculous interpositions which would now be laughed at by a schoolboy was accepted by the leaders of thought. St. Augustine was certainly one of the strongest minds in the early Church, and yet ...
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  • Al Capone Is One Of The World's Most Known Mobsters. Learn More About His Life. - 621 words
    Al Capone is one of the most historically known mobsters in the Untied States. He was born in 1899 at Brooklyn, New York. His family had migrated from the Old Country to have a fresh start with more money and more power in the United States. They were hoping for a better life. Capone quit school in the sixth grade. Although he did not get much schooling, he was very smart. He was friends with a well known gang in the area, of which Johnny Torrio was the leader. Torrio had invited Capone to join their pack in 1920 and move with them to Chicago. Capone accepted. Along with joining the Torrios mob, Capone had connections with Colosimo mob, which made him a very important key. Due to Capones hel ...
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  • Complete History Of Prohibition In The United States - 1,238 words
    ... ecretary of the Treasury, "Have you got this fellow Capone yet? I want that man in jail" (Bergreen). A few days later, Capone was called before a grand jury in Chicago, but did not seem to understand the seriousness of the powerful forces there were gathering against him. Capone thought he had more important matters to resolve. Evidence was mounting that two of his Sicilian colleagues were causing Capone problems (Kobler). Kobler describes the famous scene in which Capone met the problems head on with: "Seldom had the three guests of honor sat down to a feast so lavish. Their dark Sicilian faces were flushed as they gorged on the rich, pungent food, washing it down with liters of red win ...
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  • Al Capone's Biogrpahy - 1,149 words
    Alphonse Capone was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York to Gabriel and Teresa Capone. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1893 from Naples, Italy. Capone came from a family of eleven and was the fourth oldest of nine children. He grew up in a rough neighborhood of Brooklyn and was a member of two Kid Gangs the Brooklyn Rippers or Bin Booms and the Forty Thieves. Capone had a good head when it came to street smarts, but school was totally existent. He was illiterate. He was kicked out of school in the sixth grade at age fourteen. He was kicked out of school for beating a female teacher and knocking her to the ground. After school he took jobs as a pinsetter at a bowling ...
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  • Dennis Banks - 1,409 words
    Describe the overall purpose of their organizational effort Dennis Banks , an American Indian of the Ojibwa Tribe, was born in 1937 on the Leach Lake reservation in Minnesota and was raised by his grandparents. Dennis Banks grew up learning the traditional ways of the Ojibwa lifestyle. As a young child he was taken away from practicing his traditional ways and was put into a government boarding school that was designed for Indian children to learn the white culture. After years of attending the boarding school, Banks enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, shipping out to Japan when he was only seventeen years old. When Banks returned to Minnesota he was living in poverty and was later arrested for ...
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  • American Indian Movement - 1,509 words
    American Indian Movement: Activism and Repression Native Americans have felt distress from societal and governmental interactions for hundreds of years. American Indian protests against these pressures date back to the colonial period. Broken treaties, removal policies, acculturation, and assimilation have scarred the indigenous societies of the United States. These policies and the continued oppression of the native communities produced an atmosphere of heightened tension. Governmental pressure for assimilation and their apparent aim to destroy cultures, communities, and identities through policies gave the native people a reason to fight. The unanticipated consequence was the subsequent cr ...
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