Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

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by Ted Conover
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375501770

ISBN-13: 9780375501777

Pub. Date: 05/02/2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Ted Conover spent a year as a prison guard at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American journalism: a book that casts new and unexpected light on this nation's prison crisis and sets a new standard for courageous, in-depth reporting." "At the infamous Sing Sing, once a model prison but now New York State's most troubled…  See more details below

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Ted Conover spent a year as a prison guard at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American journalism: a book that casts new and unexpected light on this nation's prison crisis and sets a new standard for courageous, in-depth reporting." "At the infamous Sing Sing, once a model prison but now New York State's most troubled maximum-security facility, Conover goes to work as a gallery officer, working shifts in which he alone must supervise scores of violent inner-city felons. He soon learns the impossibility of doing his job by the book. What should he do when he feels the hair-raising tingle that tells him when a fight is about to break out? When he loses a key in a tussle? When a prisoner punches him in the head? Little by little, he learns to walk the fine line between leniency and tyranny that distinguishes a good guard." "With empathy and insight, Newjack tells the story of a harsh, hidden world and dramatizes the conflict between the necessity to isolate criminals and the dehumanization - of guards as well as inmates - that almost inevitably takes place behind bars.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375501777
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/02/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.18(d)

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