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“[Conover] has made us fully part of his experience…. It is hard to imagine any journalist doing this more daringly or effectively.”–The New York Times
“A timely, troubling, important book.”–The Baltimore Sun
“Newjack is a graphic and troubling window into society’s scrapheap. Conover is to be commended for having the chops to venture where few others would dare go.... An important cautionary tale.”–Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Newjack tells the straight skinny on a guard’s life inside prison without being overly judgmental or cloyingly sentimental. It’s experimental journalism at its best.”–The Denver Post
“A devastating chronicle of the toll prison takes on the prisoners and the keepers of the keys.”–Minneapolis Star Tribune
“An incisive and indelible look at the life of a corrections officer and the dark life of the penal system.”–The Dallas Morning News
“A fascinating story.... Prison books crowd the shelves, but few tell the story from the point of view of the officers who spend eight hours a day doing time, hoping and praying that they make it home that night, hoping and praying that the job allows them to remain human.”–The San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted November 15, 2009
Posted August 30, 2000
This book provides the insight into the criminal justice system that is usually viewed by only a few chosen people. From the way you need to be chosen, most of us will pass. It is well written and exceptionally developed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2000
Having worked in a similiar field (child protective social work) and being familiar with the prison system, I found this book to be an accurate depiction of what it is like to deal with inmates. The public often does not know about the vicarious trama workers face each day. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2000
Having retired as a Corr. Lt. after twenty five years in N.Y.S D.O.C.S. and having met Ted Conover,I can attest to the brutal honesty of this incredible book. Believe me he has only scratched the surface of life bejind prison walls.The constant exposure of Correction Officers to openly hostile inmates and the daily frustrations of a system dealing with human personalities. Is in many cases overwhelming for the general public to understand. I sincerly hope Ted Conover will continue to tell his story of having served as a NYS Correction Officer. I applaud him and thank him for telling a story wich needs to be told.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.