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Alcatraz: Escaping America's Toughest Prisons

Alcatraz: Escaping America's Toughest Prisons

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
It was called the "Rock," and for 30 years it was home to America's most dangerous criminals. It was said that no one could escape Alcatraz, but that doesn't mean they didn't try. In this fascinating program, former inmates, guards and prison experts relive the stories of some of the most daring prison breaks ever attempted. See how the most clever and desperate inmates hatched and carried out elaborate escape attempts, only to be thwarted by betrayal, bad planning, bad luck, or the icy waters of San Francisco bay. Travel to Marion Illinois, America's highest security prison today, and meet with inmates there who have attempted escape to see what rives these men to risk their lives with so little hope for success. Filmed on location at the "Rock," this is a rare glimpse into the desperation of men condemned to live out their lives behind prison walls and their reckless compulsion to seek freedom at all costs.

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