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BEHIND PRISON WALLS: THE REAL WORLD OF WORKING IN TODAY'S PRISONS
Author: Tom Martin
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Mar 2001
If you want to know what today's murderers, gangbangers & street predators are really like, take a step behind prison walls. A veteran prison guard reveals the truth behind staff rivalries, incarcerated killers, old-time cons, racial tension, inmate threats & ingenuity, and the darker sides of prisoner behavior. 5.5x8.5 inches, 176 pgs.
If you want to know what today?s murderers, gangbangers, rapists and street predators are really like, you need to take a step behind prison walls. Behind Prison Walls is an unflinching look at life in a modern prison as seen through the eyes of veteran corrections officer Tom Martin. In three parts, he brings you deep into the cell block and reveals what it takes to manage violent, manipulative felons on a daily basis. The Staff ? Competing egos, agendas and attitudes of the corrections staff. Comically gung-ho and tragically inept officers. And the other side of the coin: acts of routine courage that few other professions demand, and the extraordinary team that is forged by the perils of prison work. The Inmates ? Cons vs. inmates. Gangbangers and drug dealers. Punks, snitches and sex offenders. Racial tensions. And the most dangerous yet fascinating inmates of all, the killers. The Struggle ? The tedium and tension. The many forms of offender manipulation. Inmate ingenuity. And a disturbing look at the darker sides of prisoner behavior.
Corrections is a difficult and dangerous profession, and the men and women who do it have unique, steely-eyed insights into the minds and methods of today?s criminals. By reading this book, you can step behind prison walls with them and benefit from their real-world experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom Martin is a correctional professional working for the Washington State Department of Corrections. After having served in the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army, in 1993 he decided to apply for a job as a prison correctional officer and has worked in a field he finds fascinating and challenging ever since. He has worked with both male and female offenders, and he teaches courses on Offender Manipulation, New Officer Training, and Incident Report Writing.