What is it like to work in a prison? The best brief description is to liken it to the cult TV series Porridge, as life inside a prison can be both amusing and very sad at times. This book is about my experiences as a prison officer. There have been many books written by prisoners about their time inside. Some are an accurate account of their experience - others are a complete fantasy. Bang Em Up is an accurate view of what prison is really like: how it smells, what is sounds like, the rationale behind some of the many prison rules and regimes, who ends up in prison and just what it is like inside these secret institutions where all life is played out. Bang Em Up will tell it how it really is in prison and will leave it up to the reader to decide on how futile or useful prisons are. It will make you laugh and sometimes shock you. It will give an unprecedented insight into prison life. It will pose challenging questions and reveal the moral dilemmas of the prison regime but, most of all, it will entertain, educate and amuse you.
About the Author
Jeff Kelly has worked as a prison officer for twelve years in a local prison housing some of the country's most dangerous prisoners. He was a hostage negotiator. Jeff's background would never have suggested a career in the prison service and many associates from his past have been on the wrong side of the bars. However it is the life skills learnt on the south London council estates that gave Jeff the skills to perform the role of a prison officer with authority, firmness, fairness and above all with good humour and compassion.