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Alcatraz Isolation Cells (2008)

Some of the isolation cells in the cellblock at the former Alcatraz prison. Prisoners who committed infractions or had disciplinary problems would spend hours or days alone in one of these dark, empty cells. Penological science has made tremendous advances since 1963, when Alcatraz shut its doors as a ultra-secure facility for “incorrigible” inmates from other federal penitentiaries. Today’s “supermax” prisoners spend their entire sentences— up to a life term— in solitary confinement.


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