Alphonse "Scarface" Capone
Chicago’s most famous mob boss spent eight months at Eastern State in 1929-1930.
Arrested for carrying a concealed, deadly weapon, this was Capone’s first prison sentence.
His time in Eastern State was spent in relative luxury.
His cell on the Park Avenue Block had fine furniture, oriental rugs, and a cabinet radio.
On March 17, 1930 Chicago gangster Al Capone and his bodyguard Frank Cline are released from Graterford, a branch of ESP where they had been transferred the day before.
Their release from Graterford instead of ESP was ordered by the prison's Board of Trustees, most likely to avoid potential violence or mayhem outside of the Philadelphia prison.
Still, hundreds of onlookers gathered outside of Eastern State, hoping to catch a glimpse of Capone, until Warden Herbert Smith announced that Capone and Cline had already been released from Graterford.
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