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Throughout his career, from young and naive to seasoned and mature, he would endure daily stresses but the dignity and care extended toward prisoners would earn their respect. He states the following: "...I really felt that by interacting with them and treating them as equals I was doing my bit to help stop them re-offending and perhaps helping them go on to lead useful lives back in society". Principal Officer "Yiddo" Levy has left no stone unturned working with personality and psychological disorders, sex offenders, attempted suicides, assaults, escape, and those suffering heart attacks.
I am convinced his strong will and dogged determination was a leading ingredient that enabled him to deal with such dynamics. As he moved to different sites-Pentonville, The Mount, Woodhill, and finally Grendon within the UK there was politics that came into play as well as a major transition of him having to change from hands-on relationally with prisoners to despising working behind a desk doing auditing reports. "The more I looked into it, the more I came to the conclusion that there was no future for someone like me in the modern prison service...they only wanted yes men who wouldn't air opinions different to their own and who would treat the staff with disdain while giving the impression to those that they really cared.". Today he reflects not a bitter man but an introspective person and one that has wise insight into inmate behavior, ideal procedures, and the political aspects that run the UK penal system.
Gain a true perspective on the inside from a man that worked doggedly hard, never hesitated to speak his mind, and has seen both the good and evil in conduct and procedure. I was able to understand how the British penal system operates, how it differs from where I reside in the U.S., and how the changes evolved over time.
For the content and his sincerety I rate it 5 stars.
When a visiting governor on an adjudication board has a twitch and wink he can't control, opportunity for humour presents itself. It is hilarious when a prisoner thinks he is onto a good thing and returns these 'winks'. Another episode when Tony goes punting on the river with a colleague and falls in, then appears semi-naked in a toilet with this same colleague are laugh out loud funny. Another time, Tony finds himself swimming in his underpants at a luxury hotel, only to find himself returning to his room with only a towel around his waist and having to pass through a room full of men in tuxedos, women in ball gowns and the Mayor in tow, too, in full regalia.
Although about the prison service these are Tony's memories of his special life and not much is said of the prisoners - their privacy is maintained. In that, it is unlike, for example Jeffrey Archer's books 'Hell', 'Purgatory' and 'Heaven', where, as a criminal himself, Archer talks about his own class of person. This is Tony's life and we learn a lot about him as a man. We learn what the prison service does to him, his meeting his present wife after running the London Marathon, and feel his despair as frustration of a restrictive service finally gets too much and he takes early retirement, and how, ultimately, his friends and colleagues give him a good send off on his retirement. You can just imagine instead of reading this book you are sitting in a café or bar drinking a glass of wine or cup of coffee having a nice chat with a mate. Very readable
The Prison Service is a career that I think many of us just seemed to fall into, I mean, no one in their right mind longed for such a career when they were at school, I for one wanted to be a Rock star (still do, although that ain't gonna happen), but needs must and at the time the Prison Service was a secure job with a reasonable pay and the opportuniity of retiring at a sensible age, also we felt proud to be in such a responsible job and to do our bit to try and rehabilitate offenders, believe me it's a great feeling to turn someones life round for the good. Nevertheless,like Tony, I agree that the job is now run by accountants and rehabilitation is given mere lip service.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in life on the inside from a Prison Officers perspective, it is also an excellent read for anyone who enjoys a some laugh out loud situations, as well as genuine heart felt stories that leave you wanting more. Well done Tony and thank you so much for the memories, by the way I did 31 years in the end so at least the ink was dry on my contract XX
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