Idealized Representations of Alcatraz Federal Prison

by Tara Scroggins

Faculty mentor: Dr. Steven Harris

As media coverage of Alcatraz increased, popular culture glorified prison systems. Throughout the years, the amount of federal prisons multiplied as the media grew fascinated with incarceration. This expansion posed a new question: did the media’s representation of Alcatraz play a role in the idealization of building prisons? In my media-focused argument, I hypothesize that the media’s support of Alcatraz prison led to the construction of the multitude of prisons today.

Idealized Media Representations of Alcatraz Prison