About the Show
Alcatraz was America's first maximum security penitentiary, designed for high-risk and high-profile criminals. It housed infamous gangsters and convicts like Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly and 'The Birdman', Robert Stroud, as well as many other criminals who were no less dangerous. Over 29 years, these desperate inmates challenged the prison again and again. 'The Rock' was tough, but the inmates were convinced they were tougher. This programme reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Alcatraz, arguably the world's most famous prison.