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4.0 out of 5 stars A depressing, fascinating and very important book.
The job as prison guard is about care, custody and control. The gray uniforms are the good guys, and the green uniforms are the bad guys. And in twentyfive years you will have a pension.
This is the core message journalist Ted Conover and his class mates receive when they enter the prison guards' boot camp in New York. Most of the recruits have applied for a job to...
Published on 24 Jan 2004 by syhob

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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and very same same
Bought this thinking will be very interesting however was disaopointed. Very same same writing and gave up before the end, shame as could have been very interesting.
Published on 3 Nov 2012 by Bristol Dan


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A depressing, fascinating and very important book., 24 Jan 2004
The job as prison guard is about care, custody and control. The gray uniforms are the good guys, and the green uniforms are the bad guys. And in twentyfive years you will have a pension.
This is the core message journalist Ted Conover and his class mates receive when they enter the prison guards' boot camp in New York. Most of the recruits have applied for a job to gain job security, while Ted Conover has found this line of approach the only way he can do research on life in prison in New York State. It is fortunate for the rest of us that the Department of Correctional Services tried to get in Ted Conover' way, because his experience as prison guard - sorry; correctional officer - gives us a much broader view of life in prison than any book by an inmate.
This thorough and extraordinary book is full of ironies and cases of Orwellian newspeak, but what is most fascinating is Ted Connor's critical view of himself, his reactions and his fast dehumanization in Sing Sing, together with his description of the complex prison sociology. When you have read his detailed and vivid descriptions of his working days in Sing Sing you will find it easy to understand how even the most idealistic COs get fed up with inmates in general, lose their initiative and start to focus on how to survive each work day rather than on resocializing inmates.
This book is a must for anybody who takes an interest in prevention of crime or in hierarchial subcultures. It is a great pity that it is already hard to come by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Insight, 13 May 2012
This review is from: Newjack: A Year as a Prison Guard in New York's Most Infamous Maximum Security Jail (Paperback)
I can't think of a better way to do research for writing a book about prison than becoming a guard. That's exactly what Ted did, and he doesn't pull any punches. He writes fair and square about the good and bad guards and prisoners. A gripping insight into the brutal US prison system UK politicians are trying to import.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... in but only in this manner would get this fantastic insight into the inner dealings of a prison, 29 Nov 2014
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A unique piece of gonzo journalism with the danger he put himself in but only in this manner would get this fantastic insight into the inner dealings of a prison. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Started off well., 1 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Newjack: A Year as a Prison Guard in New York's Most Infamous Maximum Security Jail (Paperback)
I've not long started reading this, but I'm enjoying it, up to now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and very same same, 3 Nov 2012
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Bought this thinking will be very interesting however was disaopointed. Very same same writing and gave up before the end, shame as could have been very interesting.
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