On March 21, 1963 the last 27 inmates of the legendary federal prison Alcatraz left their cells and were sent to other prisons. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered to close the prison. According to the officials the prison was closed as it was too expensive to maintain it and its inmates.
The story of this place goes back to the 18th century. A Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala y Aranza discovered the island in 1775 and named it La Isla de los Alcatraces. The island served as a fortress for some period of time and later was transformed into the military prison that later became the most terrific prison in the United States. The prison was built in such a way no one could escape from it. Obviously it was impossible to escape from the prison as it was located on the island surrounded by San Francisco bay. The ocean waters are very cold and rapid so that even if some of the inmates could leave the building they could hardly leave the island.