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  • Department Of Justice Heart Attack
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    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 establis...
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  • Tear Gas Warning Signs
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    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 1930 s a crime wave crashed through ...
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  • San Francisco Maximum Security
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    ... 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 inmat...
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  • Golden Gate Twenty Nine
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    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 un appeal, 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 unde...
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  • Thousand Dollars Twenty Minutes
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    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 Alcatraz's brutality essential, or just plain cruel? Locate...
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  • Bugs Moran Johnny Torrio
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    ... 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 dev...
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  • Scarface Capone Al Capone One
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    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 1920 s 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 sto...
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  • Shawshank Redemption And Murder In The First
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    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 1930 s and 1940 s in American prisons and both convey the similar message. The Shawshank Redemption was directed and written by Frank Darabont who adapted hor...
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  • Ready To Serve U S Face
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    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 he...
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  • Complete History Of Prohibition In The United States
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    ... excretory of the Treasury, "Have you got this fellow Capone yet? I want that man in jail" (Ber green). 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 ...
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  • San Francisco Bay Correctional Officers
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    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, mi...
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  • San Francisco Bay Correctional Officers
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    ... 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 "T...
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  • Rival Gang Police Officers
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    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 ...
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  • American Indian Movement Washington D C
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    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 b...
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  • American Indian Movement Civil Rights Movement
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    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...
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  • American Indian Movement United States Government
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    ... on Treaties" was a pursuit for the government's recognition on discrimination, sovereignty, and treaty rights. This protest event was designed to attract media attention to Native American concerns in the height of a presidential election. Under the direction of the AIM, large caravans of American Indians began forming and traveling towards Washington. "It was hoped that this march would be the Indian equivalent of the 1963 march by African-American activists" (Vine 46). As members of AIM ve...
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  • San Francisco Story Line
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    Sean M Fritz March 5, 1999 English 1101 Caught Between The Rock And A Hard Place In the summer of 1996, I went to see The Rock starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. I chose this particular movie because I liked it and I own the videocassette. When I sat down and watched the movie for this assignment, I was looking for these three criteria: stars, content, and a favorable story line. The stars of this movie are three actors well know to American movie audiences. Sean Connery is know...
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  • Rival Gang Capone Men
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    The Life and World Of Al Capone Written By, John Kepler Report By, Adam Monteverde Al Capone is Americas best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920 s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city. Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York. Baptized " Alphonsus Capone, " he grew up in a rough neighborhood and was a membe...
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  • Johnny Torrio Bugs Moran
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    The Life and Times of Al Capone by Bill Rollindubeys 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 street smarts. As far as school goes, Capone was a near-illiterate. He came ...
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  • Thousand Dollars Twenty Minutes
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    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 Alcatraz s brutality essential, or just plain cruel? Locate...
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