California officials are planning to reopen Alcatraz as a correctional facility by May, 2013. The shocking and sudden decision comes after the state officials announced California couldn't meet the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to remove tens of thousands of inmates from its overcrowded prisons by June 30, 2013.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an order that California must cut prison population to correct severe overcrowding and horrific conditions within the nation's largest prison system. California officials vowed to comply with the ruling but balked at a federal demand to come up with a timeline for releasing inmates, calling it a terrible and unsafe idea. Instead, the state wants to meet enforced crowding limits without a massive prison release but by shifting some offenders to other facilities.
Reportedly, California officials have been exploring the possibility of reopening Alcatraz for several years, and a plan has just been approved that will restate once a famous prison.
Alcatraz will close its gates to tourist and will end its run as one of the most famous museums by the end of this month. First prisoners are expected to arrive in April next year, and Alcatraz Penitentiary will officially open a month later, on May 30, 2013.
Most inmates are enthusiastic about the idea and, reportedly, many of them have already volunteered for a transfer to Alcatraz. Overnight, violence has erupted at San Quentin State prison over attempts by some prisoners to reserve for themselves prison cells of famous past Alcatraz inmates: Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, or Robert Stroud "Birdman of Alcatraz".
Prison officials have announced this morning that a contest for the right to occupy any of the famous prison cells will take place, in which inmates' best conceived plans for the escape from Alcatraz will win. Officials hope to stop both the fights over famous cells and also the possible future escapes from Alcatraz.
It isn't known yet who will become the warden of Alcatraz, but rumors about Hillary Clinton and why she decided not to join Barack Obama for the second term as the United States Secretary of State have started.