If you want to know what today's murderers, gangbangers and 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 and ingenuity, and the darker sides of prisoner behavior.
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.
Preface ix Introduction 1 Section 1: The Staff 5 Chapter 1: Through the Sally Port 7 What the F*ck? Mental Hell-th I Get Lucky Getting Accepted Chapter 2: Correctional Officers 15 A New Officer's Biggest Threat A Typical Officer Cartoon Officers Progressive Stupidity Hard-Core Realities Concerning Staff Chapter 3: Forging a Team 27 The Snake Pit The Wolf Pack The Team Chapter 4: Courage 33 A Routine Example of Heroism Cowardice That Worked Courage Seen as Foolishness Ignorance Seen as Courage Smoke, Water, Chaos Section 2: The Inmates 45 Chapter 5: The Hierarchy of Inmates 47 Cons Inmates Stupid Inmates Fixated Inmates Scraps Dings Snitches Sex Offenders Punks Chapter 6: Race 61 The Whites The Blacks The Hispanics The Asians The Native Americans Chapter 7: Meet Some of the Boys 73 Mr. Prescription Mr. Quirky The Pen Pal D Unit's Crew Chapter 8: Female Inmates 85 Myth vs. Reality Male Staff and Sexual Misconduct Types of Female Inmates Chapter 9: Conversations with Killers 97 "You can spot them. It's in their eyes." Rapping with Death Afterword Section 3: The Struggle 103 Chapter 10: Offender Manipulation 105 The Opponent Why They Do It How They Do It Dealing with Games Chapter 11: Inmate Ingenuity 121 Brewing Cooking Pharmaceutical Fun Body Beautification Better Homes Mailboxes, Etc. Rod and Un-Gun Club Inmate Lies Chapter 12: Things You Really Didn't Want to Know about Corrections 133 An Introductory Story Why We Wear Gloves Inmate Fun with Latex Gloves More Inmate Fun with Body Fluids Painters and Picassos Creepy Crawlies Pornographic Magazines and Photos Family Photos Sometimes You Just Have to Let It Go Conclusion: Costs 147 Glossary of Correctional and Inmate Terms 149