skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 148596 Find in a Library
Title: Alcatraz and the American Prison Experience
Corporate Author: Capital Communications Systems, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Capital Communications Systems, Inc
Crofton, MD 21114
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20534
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video explains the components of the interagency project of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the National Park Service at the former Federal penitentiary at Alcatraz.
Abstract: Under a formal agreement between the Bureau of Prisons and the National Park Service, the two agencies have cooperated to renovate the facilities at Alcatraz, which had deteriorated and been damaged due to the passage of time, weather, and vandalism. The renovation included the creation of an exhibit that presents the history of Alcatraz, the Federal prison system, and Federal corrections operations. The video documents the renovation by showing Federal inmates at work to achieve project goals. It portrays the importance of the work as a cost-saving measure, as a way of preserving an important national landmark, and as an alternative work program for inmates. The video also features the historical exhibit on Federal corrections and presents interviews with some of the 1 million visitors who come to the island each year. The newly renovated facility was opened to the public in 1991.
Main Term(s): History of corrections
Index Term(s): California; Federal Bureau of Prisons; Federal correctional facilities
Note: Color VHS video, 15 minutes.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.