I started the day with a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, and while a little foggy, the bay was pretty clear, with nice views of Alcatraz Island.
I toured the island in the early afternoon, so the weather was clear with a nice breeze. I spent a few hours on the island, following along on the audio tour, which provides a substantial overview of the prisoner’s history, voiced by formal inmates and guards (today we would call them correctional officers, but they were definitely guards then).
Alcatraz was developed as a military fort, was converted into a military prison, was transferred to the Department of Justice and opened as a prison in 1934, and experienced three different occupations by American Indians before becoming a national park. While the history of Alcatraz is interesting, my interest is limited to the 29-year run as a federal prison; however, the island’s history is evident from military parade ground to the graffiti proclaiming the island to be Indian land.
I really enjoyed my visit to Alcatraz and I am excited to share some of the interesting history with you at All-Staff day. My crime analytics course starts after the Fourth of July holiday, so I’ve got to get some reading done to get ahead of schedule.