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    The Largest Hotel Chain in Texas: Texas Prisons

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/157...lance&n=283155

    From the publisher:

    Overcrowded and understaffed, Texas prisons are nearing the meltdown stage. It wasn't always that way. A few California lawyers and an activist federal judge ruined what was widely acknowledged as the best prison system in the nation. The old judge reached into the pockets of Texas taxpayers and extracted several billion dollars, forcing Texans to undertake the largest prison expansion program in the history of the world. In this unblinking look at the past and present of Texas prisons, crucial questions are raised: Does the Texas prison system do what the people of Texas want it to do? Does it rehabilitate? Do our prisons make our society safe? Can we win the war on drugs? Is education synonymous with rehabilitation? Will Texas always have a need for the death penalty? You may not agree with the author's answers to these questions, but you won't be able to forget the stark reality of his story. Lon Bennet Glenn began his career with the Texas Prison System in 1966, when at the age of twenty-one he signed on as prison guard at the Clemens Unit in Brazoria County. As he worked his way through the ranks to the position of warden, the prison system underwent tremendous change. Glenn, now of Angleton, Texas, has survived the convicts, the politicians, the press, arbitrary prison administrations, lawyers, and federal courts to tell a story that the public deserves to know.

    Colditz: The Definitive History : The Untold Story of World War II's Great Escapes

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006...lance&n=283155

    From the inmate perspective. For students of "Escapeology". These POWs were probably the first prisoners on record as building a hang glider to escape with. I've personnally known two thugs in the BOP who have attempted to do the same thing.


    At Large : The Life and Crimes of Randolph Franklin Dial

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...lance&n=283155

    A killer who I knew personnally when I worked for the Oklahoma DOC. He, while serving a Life sentence, manipulated himself to an outside-the-fence work detail by seducing the warden with his skill as an artist. He's the one who "kidnapped" the deputy warden's wife and "held her against her will" for almost eleven years. They were finally discovered in April 2005 working on an East Texas chicken farm.


    The 48 Laws of Power

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014...lance&n=283155

    This book is contraband in the United States Penitentiary Leavenworth, KS for good reason.

    From Amazon.com:

    Learning the game of power requires a certain way of looking at the world, a shifting of perspective," writes Robert Greene. Mastery of one's emotions and the arts of deception and indirection are, he goes on to assert, essential. The 48 laws outlined in this book "have a simple premise: certain actions always increase one's power ... while others decrease it and even ruin us."
    The laws cull their principles from many great schemers--and scheming instructors--throughout history, from Sun-Tzu to Talleyrand, from Casanova to con man Yellow Kid Weil. They are straightforward in their amoral simplicity: "Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit," or "Discover each man's thumbscrew." Each chapter provides examples of the consequences of observance or transgression of the law, along with "keys to power," potential "reversals" (where the converse of the law might also be useful), and a single paragraph cleverly laid out to suggest an image (such as the aforementioned thumbscrew); the margins are filled with illustrative quotations. Practitioners of one-upmanship have been given a new, comprehensive training manual, as up-to-date as it is timeless.

    The Art of Seduction

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014...lance&n=283155

    This one too is contraband in USP Leavenworth.

    From Library Journal:

    Touted as a "handbook on the most subtle and effective form of power" and "an indispensable primer on how to take what you want from whomever you want," this book is more than a little creepy. Following on the heels of his 48 Laws of Power, this book continues Greene's gross exploration of social power, this time in the realm of sexual politics. In Part 1, Greene, again paired with "packager" Joost Elffers (Play with Your Food), offers a straight-faced description of the nine types of seductive character, from the "Ideal Lover" to the "Rake." Elffers's contribution comes in the form of numerous quotes by famous contemporary and historical figures tucked into the side margins. Part 2 examines the process of seduction, subdivided into four phases, with chapter headings such as "Master the Art of Insinuation" and "Isolate the Victim." This book will have real appeal for power mongers, gold diggers, and heartless manipulators everywhere.

    Newjack : Guarding Sing Sing

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/037...lance&n=283155

    The author is an undercover journalist who spends a year working in Sing Sing as a Guard. He captures the "flavor" of the typical industrial prison.



    Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/040...lance&n=283155

    A great book by the long time Sing Sing Warden, Lewis Lawes. Mentioned in Conover's book, Newjack, it provided the undercover journalist with the history and founding philosophy of Sing Sing.


    Games Criminals Play: How You Can Profit by Knowing Them


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096...lance&n=283155

    A must read for anyone working in prisons. I was first introduced to this book in 1990 at the Oklahoma DOC training academy. It was required reading and we were tested on the contents.

    From a reader:

    Games Criminals Play is a very easy to read, straight-forward account of the manipulations inmates are so skilled in often as a means of survival, and how easily susceptible the correctional employee can be. Accounts given demonstrate how easily the manipulations can begin; how difficult they can be to terminate, and how to proactively and professionally ward off the inmates' manipulative games. The book would serve anyone new to the corrections environment very well.

    Governing Prisons

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/002...Fencoding=UTF8

    From a reader:

    If I could reccomend only one book on prison management this is the one. The author critically examines and compares three large state prison systems; California, Michigan, and Texas. He identifies the fundamental philosophies that govern each system and shows the practical results of each. The "Michigan Responsability Model", The "Texas Control Model", and the California Confused Model which is merely a mixture of the Michigan and Texas philosophies. All prison systems in the U.S. are varients of the two models or mixtures of one degree or another as is California. The study speaks for itself as to which is the superior system, if the goal is safe and humane prisons that provide as effective rehabilitation as is possible. Must reading for prison administrators, professors, politicians, and anyone else interested in proper prison management.
    "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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    Here's another great addition for your reading pleasure: The 33 Strategies of War, by Robert Greene.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067...d_i=0142001198
    "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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    • #3
      Read New Jack just prior to signing on with the prison system. From day one I could see there were drastic differences in NYS & NC. At any rate I certainly recommend it for anyone interested in corrections.

      Also have the 48 Laws of Power...never quiet finished it as it was somewhat drawn out. It too is banned within the NCDOP...I would agree for good reasons. Truth be known; a convict is the one who told me to read it!

      Will be investing in the Governing Prisons very shortly....

      Thanks for the info!

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      • #4
        I hear from officers (who i will not name) who worked at Sing Sing that Newjack was a load of crap.
        If we unite and fight..we can win the day..Save Ogdensburgh or your facility may be next..

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DOP
          From day one I could see there were drastic differences in NYS & NC.

          For instance?
          "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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