The Centurion Chronicles
Alcatraz Island, informally known as the the Rock, is a military prison located by San Francisco in the San Francisco Bay. The main prison building was built in 1910–12. During that time it was a United States Army military prison; Alcatraz was the site of a citadel from the 1860s. Given this high security and the location of Alcatraz in the cold waters and strong currents of San Francisco Bay, the prison operators believed Alcatraz to be inescapable and America’s strongest prison.
Alcatraz was designed to hold prisoners who continuously caused trouble at other prisons around the world. The three-story cellhouse included the main four blocks of the jail, A-Block, B-Block, C-Block, and D-Block, the warden’s office, visitation room, the library, and the barber shop. The prison cells typically measured 9 feet (2.7 m) by 5 feet (1.5 m) and 7 feet (2.1 m) high. The cells were primitive and lacked privacy, with a bed, a desk and a washbasin and toilet on the back wall and few furnishings except a blanket. Blacks were segregated from the rest in cell designation due to racial abuse being prevalent. D-Block housed the worst inmates and five cells at the end of it were designated as “The Hole”, where badly behaving prisoners would be sent for periods of punishment, often brutally so. The dining hall and kitchen lay off the main building in an extended part where both prisoners and staff would eat three meals a day together. The Alcatraz Hospital was above the dining hall.
Corridors of the prison were named after major American streets such as Broadway and Michigan Avenue. Working at the prison was considered a privilege for inmates and many of the better inmates were employed in the Model Industries Building and New Industries Building during the day, actively involved in providing for the military in jobs such as sewing and woodwork and performing various maintenance and laundry chores.
Once the prison began to achieve international fame, at Senator Trueman II’s behest, Black Coat Securities took over day to day operations of the prison to maintain its security. During the events of Centurion Chronicles #9: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire and Centurion Chroincles #10: Revenge of the Gray King a major prison riot occurred causing significant structural damage.