The day Alcatraz was closed – level 1

21-03-1963

In 1934, Alcatraz prison is opened in the United States. It is on an island near San Francisco. This prison is for very bad criminals. It is difficult to escape from the prison because water around it is very cold.

During all the time, 36 men try to escape. The police catch all of them, or they die.

Only three men escape and the police never find them.

After 29 years, the prison is closed on March 21, 1963. This is because it is very expensive. Today, the prison is a museum.

Difficult words: criminal (a person who is in prison), escape (to run away), find (to see what you look for).

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