Joseph Bowers, 210-AZ. Joe Bowers, an inmate considered criminally insane by many of his fellow inmates on the Rock, would make national headlines with a desperate act that for over a half century has been called an escape by some and suicide by others.

Attempted escapes April 28, 1937. The first attempt to escape the prison was made on April 27, 1936, by Joseph Bowers, who was assigned the duty of burning trash at the incinerator.

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Tough, early, Federal Prison rules included mandatory silence among prisoners – within the Cellhouse and Dining Hall – and it didn’t take long before the first desperate escape attempt took place in 1936 by prisoiner #210, Joseph Bowers.

The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island (often just referred to as Alcatraz or the Rock) was a maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California, which operated from August 11, 1934, until March 21, 1963.

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