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Inmate 666 arrived at Alcatraz 70 years ago
Veteran bank robber William Radkay was among 27 inmates who arrived at Alcatraz on this date in 1945. He was among the prisoners transferred from Atlanta while others on the chain came from Leavenworth and Lewisburg. Radkay was issued number...
Young Doc, Volney sentenced to life terms in 1922
Longtime friends and criminals Arthur "Doc" Barker and Volney Davis were sentenced to life in prison on this day in 1922 for the murder of hospital security guard James Sherrill in Tulsa, Oklahoma during a burglary.Both were...
Well-known Alcatraz escape risk is born in 1931
Former Alcatraz inmate and escape risk Darl Lee Parker (1413-AZ) was born in Canton, Ohio on this day in 1931. His rap sheet began in 1944 and he soon went from being a juvenile delinquent to a armed robber...
The Rock's clever escape risk died in 1979
Former Alcatraz inmate John Giles (250-AZ) died on this day in 1979 in California. He was 84. The Tennessee native was serving life for killing a cop and was sent to Alcatraz in 1935. He is best known for...
Ex-Alcatraz inmate, park ranger is born in 1927
Armed robber Frank Hatfield (1296-AZ) was born on this day in 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts. He spent over two decades behind bars including stints in Lorton, Alcatraz and Folsom. In 1957, Hatfield was sent to "The Rock"...
West leaves Alcatraz on this date
Two-time Alcatraz inmate Allen West (1130-AZ & 1335-AZ) was transferred to McNeil Island on this day in 1963, one month before the prison closed. The car thief is best known as the fourth conspirator in the famous...
Alcatraz escapee Roe is born on this day
On this day in 1906, bank robber Ralph Roe (260-AZ) was born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. His mother and 2 sisters died of tuberculosis and he later ran away from home. He served his first prison term for robbery...
Connecting inmates with families via text
A new nationwide service aims to make it easier for family and friends to contact inmates. TextBehind, Inc. allows people to send text messages with photos and/or money orders electronically from a smartphone or computer, according to the...
Mental health treatment in prisons lacking
Many prisoners in state and federal prisons aren’t getting the treatment they need for mental health conditions, a new study indicates, which may contribute to their returning to prison.State and federal laws State and federal courts mandate...
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