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On 21 March 1963, 256 inmates and 46 guards disappeared from the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary without a trace. To cover up the disappearance, the government invented a cover story about the prison being closed due to unsafe conditions, and officially reported that the inmates had been transferred.

However, federal agent Emerson Hauser, a young San Francisco police officer tasked with transferring inmates to the island in 1963, is one of the first to discover that the inmates are actually missing and not transferred.

In present-day San Francisco, the “63s” (as the missing inmates and guards are called) begin returning, one by one. Strangely, they have not aged at all, and they have no clues about their missing time or their whereabouts during their missing years; however, they appear to be returning with compulsions to find certain objects and to continue their criminal habits. Even more strangely, the government has been expecting their return, and Hauser now runs a secret government unit dedicated to finding the returning prisoners; this unit was set up long ago in anticipation of the prisoners’ returns.

To help track down the returning prisoners and capture them, Hauser enlists police detective Rebecca Madsen and Dr. Diego Soto, a published expert on the history of Alcatraz and its inmates.

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Alcatraz Overview

SeasonEpisodesFirst Aired
1 – [Episode Guide]1313 March 2012

Alcatraz Cast List

Sarah JonesSarah JonesDetective Rebecca Madsen13 Episodes, 2012
Jorge GarciaJorge GarciaDr Diego Soto13 Episodes, 2012
Jonny CoyneJonny CoyneWarden Edwin James13 Episodes, 2012
Parminder NagraParminder NagraDr Lucy Banerjee13 Episodes, 2012
Sam NeillSam NeillEmerson Hauser13 Episodes, 2012
Cameron K. SmithCameron K. SmithAlcatraz Guard13 Episodes, 2012
Leon RippyLeon RippyDr Milton Beauregard12 Episodes, 2012
Jason Butler HarnerJason Butler HarnerDeputy Warden E. B. Tiller10 Episodes, 2012
David HoflinDavid HoflinTommy Madsen8 Episodes, 2012
Jeffrey PierceJeffrey PierceJack Sylvane6 Episodes, 2012

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