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Why prisons continue to grow, even when crime declines: Study finds more offenders have criminal records

(Dimitri): I'm escorted from my cell to the visitation room where I see Alli and Faith on the other side of the widow. (Closed rp)

A Cell In Alcatraz Prison

I've stood inside of a cell In Alcatraz Prison. By RicardMN Photography

Willie Radkay and Machine Gun Kelly sitting in Alcatraz Recreation Yard.

Willie Radkay and Machine Gun Kelly sitting in Alcatraz Recreation Yard.

A night on Alcatraz Island during the prison's night tour. This is the hospital room. Photo by TurnipseedTravel.com

During World War Alcatraz served as a prison for conscientious objectors and we heard sobering stories of the harrowing conditions they endured in the name of their beliefs.

14 Apr 1962, San Francisco, California, USA --- Original caption: A guard stands by as prisoners enter the Alcatraz mess hall for supper. Before closing in 1963, Alcatraz was renowned for having the best food in the entire US prison system

The best prison food - bar none: Gourmet menu from Alcatraz shows the surprising grub served up to keep America's most dangerous criminals from rioting

14 Apr San Francisco, California, USA --- Original caption: A guard stands by as prisoners enter the Alcatraz mess hall for supper. Before closing in Alcatraz was renowned for having the best food in the entire US prison system

On the last day of Alcatraz, convicts were handcuffed, shackled and marched out of the prison.

Living Memories From The Last Days Of Alcatraz

Even without prisoners, Alcatraz remains one of the most infamous prisons in America. Five decades after it closed, it still captures the public's imagination.

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