The views from Alcatraz are amazing. The tour is somewhat haunting. I can imagine the inmates sitting in their cells at night hearing all the sounds of nighttime in San Francisco. People in San Francisco really know how to enjoy themselves so there is always a lot of laughing, talking, and music everywhere. Hearing people enjoying life while being stuck inside this prison would have driven me crazy. Alcatraz is the only prison that I have seen, and it is now managed by the National Park Service.
If I would have been sentenced here I would have tried to swim to city. The San Francisco Bay is cold- but it had to be worth it to try. 36 people tried to escape, 2 were successful and they were caught after they reached San Francisco. 5 were never found and it is believed that they drowned in the San Francisco Bay. The swim can range from 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 miles depending on the current of the bay. The prison closed in 1963.
On the grounds
The view from Alcatraz