Jew In Jailby Gary Goldstein
JEW IN JAIL is the true story of the nearly six years that I spent incarcerated in various correctional facilities throughout the state of New York. It deals with my attempts at recovery from past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, as well as my efforts to turn my life around in hopes of becoming a solid citizen and successful member of society upon my release. In addition, my book also provides insight into how I, as a minority in prison, was forced to fend for myself against all of the mistreatment at the hands of the powers that be from the Department Of Correctional Services in this "world within the real world," as well as the daily grind of doing time with hardened criminals, many of whom I felt no close connection to, all the while continuing to fight for the true justice I strongly felt I wasn't afforded during my lower court proceedings.
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This was a Fantastic recovery find! Gary has an exceptional way of bring his readers on his own personal battles, and gives much "Insight" into the world of addiction, life challenges, the He is a "PURE" Example of Triumph and Courage. He should be commended on his bravery to share his personal journey with the world! *Catherine*
I saw this book posted somewhere on facebook and I didnt save the name so I spent hours looking for the book again. I finally found it emailed the wrong Gary then got the right one. It was so worth all the trouble to get a copy to review. I loved this book. It left me wanted to know more about Gary and his life. I laughed cried cheered. I told my mom about this book and she is going to read it also. I give it a 5 star rated for a 2 reasons 1. Left me wanting more 2. It was so well written I felt like I was right there I was emailed a pdf copy to read and review after I contacted Gary Goldstein
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Author Gary Goldstein was 37 years old, college educated and a former employee of New York City broadcasting, when he was arrested for armed robbery of three Chinese dry-cleaning stores in 1998 while he was high on valium and Tylenol with codeine, which he washed down with beer. As Gary reflects on page 46 of this memoir of his struggle to regain his life, he was "going from rubbing elbows with the rich and famous to cohabiting with guys who took a shower twice in a good week." Gary was convicted although he feels his court-appointed lawyer didn't work hard enough on his behalf. He is sent first to Rikers Island where he felt the prison employees such as his drug counsellor, Mrs.As-suni, really wanted him to get his life back together. Then Gary's beloved father, Irving, dies of lung cancer just fifteen days after Gary's sentencing and Gary's sense of loss is overwhelming. He tries to stay in touch with his mother, his sister and her family as the months in prison pass and Gary is sent, first to Oneida, then to Riverivew Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Does this "Jew in Jail", as Gary calls himself, get his life back on track? "Jew in Jail" is Gary Goldstein's retelling of his first years in jail for armed robbery, made worse by his prior conviction for the same offense some years earlier in 1994. Goldstein holds back nothing in this memoir, writing of his grief at losing his father who had tried so very hard for his family and sparing nothing in his honest admission of his combative, in-your-face attitude as a prisoner dealing with other prisoners, prison guards, counselors, and officials. Rabbi Matasar at Oneida Correctional Facility said of Gary "There's one thing that nobody can even take away from you, Mr. Goldstein, and that's the fact that you stand up for your principles." The many characters that Author Goldstein describes come alive, warts and all, and the plot builds slowly as Gary rebuilds his life and awaits freedom. "Jew in Jail" is truthful, probing testimony to Gary Goldstein's honesty about himself and the man he slowly becomes. A deep but highly worthwhile read!