Sarah asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

What were the reasons that Alcatraz closed?

i have always wondered this.

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Best Answer

    By decision of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the penitentiary was closed on March 21, 1963. It was closed because it was far more expensive to operate than other prisons (nearly $10 per prisoner per day, as opposed to $3 per prisoner per day at Atlanta),[28] half a century of salt water saturation had severely eroded the buildings, and the bay was being badly polluted by the sewage from the approximately 250 inmates and 60 Bureau of Prisons families on the island. The United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, a traditional land-bound prison, opened that same year to serve as a replacement for Alcatraz.

  • 10 years ago

    because its a bad scary place and all the scary people were escaping and its haunted

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