Life In Prison: Eight Hours at a Time

Life In Prison: Eight Hours at a Time

by Robert Reilly


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Robert Reilly served a seven-year term as a prison guard in Pennsylvania and Maine. Entering America’s industrial prison system in search of a way to support his young family, the struggling musician found himself in a looking-glass world where, often, only the uniforms distinguished guards from prisoners. This is Reilly’s story of doing time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884484127
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born in England, Robert Reilly worked as a prison guard for six years, leaving the corrections system in 2007. Today he lives in midcoast Maine with his family and works as an outdoor education instructor.

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Hodding Carter

Why would anyone want to be a prison guard? Why is our penal system so ineffective? What is it really like behind bars? These are the questions that dance in our heads and R.J. Reilly has all the answers--and then some. He holds nothing back, relating a hellish experience in gripping, scary detail, well-earned page by well-earned page. Reader be warned: There's no escape from Life in Prison. --Hodding Carter, author of A Viking Voyage and Off the Deep End

Lt. D. L. Croley

This is a must read for anyone interested in a truly authentic look at life behind the walls. --Lt. D. L. Croley, Prison Inspector, PA Dept. of Corrections

Peter Nichols

RJ Reilly is not a journalist cruising from book to book. For years he lived the life of a prison guard as genuinely as a prisoner in a cell. But he's also a real writer, a born and inspired storyteller who knows his craft as well as he knows his subject. His voice is an authentic howl, as true as a blues singer's coming out of the swamps of hell. --Peter Nichols, Author of A Voyage for Mad Men and Evolution's Captain

Billy Hayes

Take a man, an artist, musician writer -- and cast him down into the stone steel hell of prison, but not as an inmate, as a guard, with all the pressures and dangers, and bizarre human interactions inherent in that situation and you have the setting for a powerful, brutally honest and inspiring book that will touch, shock and ultimately heal all those who read it... --Billy Hayes - Author of Midnight Express

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