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Covenant Clarity at Galatia (5 of 10)
I - The Logic of the Law (15 - 18)
II - The Limitations of the Law (19 - 20)
III - The Linkage of the Law (21 - 26)
IV - The Listlessness of the Law (27 - 29)
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Alcatraz Escape Proof, Maybe or Maybe Not
In 1933, the Army relinquished Alcatraz to the U.S. Justice Department, which wanted a federal prison that could house a criminal population too difficult or dangerous to be handled by other U.S. penitentiaries.
Following construction to make the existing complex at Alcatraz more secure, the maximum-security facility officially opened on July 1, 1934. The first warden, James A. Johnston (1874-1954), hired approximately one guard for every three prisoners. Each prisoner had his own cell.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) viewed Alcatraz as ''the prison system's prison,'' a place where the most disruptive inmates could be sent to live under sparse conditions with few privileges in order to learn how to follow rules (at which point, they could be transferred to other federal prisons to complete their sentences).
According to the BOP, Alcatraz typically held some 260 to 275 prisoners, which represented less than 1 percent of the entire federal inmate population.
Among those who did time at The Rock was the notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al ''Scarface'' Capone, who spent four-and-a-half years there during the 1930s. His arrival on the island generated headlines across America.
Capone was sent to Alcatraz because his incarceration in Atlanta, Georgia, had allowed him to remain in contact with the outside world and continue to run his criminal operation in Chicago.
He was also known to corrupt prison officers. All of that ended when he was sent to Alcatraz. According to the biography ''Capone'' by John Kobler, Capone once told the warden, ''It looks li ...
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