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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Public Relations Move by the Bureau of Prisons, 7 May 1999
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This review is from: The Hot House: Life inside Leavenworth Prison (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is very well written and accurately captures the atmosphere of life in a maximum security prison. It does slightly overdramatize daily life and fails to capture the routine and boredom that affects the inmates, and to a much greater extent the guards. It also gives the reader a glimps of an organization in which fear is the dominating controlling mechanism. The fear experienced by the inmates is obvious, the fear experienced by the staff is only faintly recognized. A good example of staff who are afraid, not of the inmates but of the administration, is seen in the episode where the inmate walks out of the institution unchallenged while posing as the Regional Safety Manager conducting an inspection. He was unchallenged because all of the guards involved knew what the consequences would be for offending an employee who wears the hallowed title of "Administrator". The inmate merely took advantage of the situation. One would hope that the Bureau of Prisons would learn something from this incident but I have seen no evidence of that. On a personal level it shows the danger of allowing fear to rule your actions. Mr. Early also does an excellent job of capturing the way that individuals who are true criminal personalities think. An example is his quote of an inmate who thinks of honest citizens as rabitts and states that God placed rabitts on earth for one reason; food for predators.
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