"The Rock" is officially golden


Jolene Babyak stands on the parade grounds on Alcatraz Island in front of reporters.

"The Rock" is officially golden. Thursday marked 50 years of tourists visiting Alcatraz Island, the notorious former maximum security federal prison-turned-national park.

NBC Bay Area got an insider's vantage point from a Bay Area author who was raised on the island while her father worked at the prison.

"By and large, it was a wonderful place to grow up. It was what I called a low-crime neighborhood," said Jolene Babyak of Oakland.


NBC Bay Area


October 26, 2023