Posted by Jessica Latinović on October 26, 2016 in Collections
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Alphonse “Al” Capone. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania’s Eastern State Penitentiary.

Despite being the most infamous Chicago gangster, Alphonse “Al” Capone’s first prison stint was nowhere near Chicago.

It was reported that Capone was attending a meeting of the country’s top mafia men in New Jersey and while passing through Philadelphia on his way home, he was arrested on 16 May 1929.

His ten month prison sentence was his first conviction of many arrests that followed and the result of concealing and carrying a deadly weapon. After his conviction, he was received at the Eastern State Penitentiary on 8 August 1929, shown below.

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Pennsylvania, Prison, Reformatory, and Workhouse Records, 1829-1971 for Alphonsus Capone

Note they also list his aliases like “Al Brown” and “Scarface.”

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Pennsylvania, Prison, Reformatory, and Workhouse Records, 1829-1971 for Alphonsus Capone

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Jessica Latinović

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