About a mile from the San Francisco coastline is the renowned island of Alcatraz. Known to the local people as the Rock, it was home to one of the most infamous high-security prisons in the world. Prisoners who were kept there include Al Capone and Robert Stroud, who was known as the Birdman of Alcatraz. Since 1963 the prison has no longer been a federal prison, and the US National Park Service arrange tours.
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