Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

by Ted Conover
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Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you think you want be a corrections officer, read this book first, i never wanted to be one, i wanted to be a cop(i would not want to do anything else now, i found what i am good at, most of the days are good, the bad ones you learn to deal with someway) he tells you the big stuff, but its the small stuff that gets you everyday (weak officers, backstabing officers, non-supportive supervisors, horrible administration). I have given this book to my family and my friends so they know what i could deal with in a single day, and everyone comes back with the same question. Has some of that stuff in that book happened to you? The anwser is YES, everything in that book has happened to me or someone i work with, and in this industry, when something happens to your brother in BLUE, it happens to you!!!! For anyone who is a NEWJACK, trust me, the job gets easier everyday, you learn how to 'JAIL', you can do 25 years in this job if you can keep your head straight, it isn't easy, you need good family support, people to talk to, hangout with the guys from work that you are close to and find a hobby, in 25 years you will be retired, hopefully you can enjoy another 25 years relaxing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides a terrific insight into a part of our country that does not get the appropriate public attention. The psychology of the prison environment, the motivations of corrections officers, and the struggle of day-to-day life in an American prison. If you have any interest in what's going on in a state prison - you should read this.
LAS97 More than 1 year ago
I thought the way the book is written made it very easy to follow and be in the place the writer wanted you to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Correctional Officer myself, I highly recommend that anyone newly hired or looking into the field read this book. The author gives an accurate picture of what it is like to be a new officer in a state prison. The only issue I have with the work is that by the end, the author allows himself to become much too close to the inmates and seems unaware of the possibility of staff manipulation. I would also highly recommend the book 'Games Criminals Play', a commonly assigned reading in correctional academies across the country. Excellent analysis into common methods employed by inmates to manipulate staff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inside the most totalitarian part of the world-America's prison system- a world few glimpse, even less than North Korea with many misconceptions. Conover's world is filled with cruelty and moral ambiguity as most of the prisoners heckle him day in and day out, giving us a human dimension into the truly demeaning world of both inmate and correction officers lives. As the book definitely demonstrates, most correction officers are not bad, they are actually good men with one of the most dangerous jobs on earth with few accolades and even less pay. However, Conover, is not an apologist for the system, giving us insights into some of the more creepy guards who seem as though they could be more at home with the inmates like the slimy CO Wickersham. He does not set out either to demonize the inmates but shows that it was them vs. us most of the time, especially with black guards who received the worst treatment and gave the worst treatment to prisoners (maybe slavery hasn't left us). Also, there is the intelligent and prophetic inmate Larson who had an ephiphany of where our prisons would go: more so-called 'Supermax' prisons and for-profit prisons while being understaffed. Also, I think Conover somewhat downplayed the rapes in prison of men, although women certainly do play a much bigger role.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read for the Criminal justice student or those who want to go inside the walls
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very insightful book. I enjoyed every minute of it and could not put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short book shows the real life hardships of the life of a correctional officers life over the period of one year. It shows the stresses that come along with the daily job of guarding some of New York¿s worst criminals and the toll it takes on ones personal life as well. This book is unique because of the author¿s ability to paint a clear and unbiased picture of the hell that jail is not just for the criminal, but for those who put themselves in harms way everyday to keep Sing Sing up and running.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Conover presents a very real look behind the locked doors of one of America's most renowned, and feared, prisons. The account of his months as a Corrections Officer there provides insight into the minds and actions of prison guards and of the prisoners they watch over. In the book, we see how the strained relationship between the two can lead to some acts of cruelty and abuse on both parts, as well as to moments of awareness of each others' predicament in carrying out their respective roles. Conover was not discouraged by the authorities' rejection of his requests to go inside the prison to do research and instead decided to take the C.O. test and enter the system as one of its own, not unlike the Nellie Bly strategy of writing about poor working conditions in the sweatshops more than 100 years ago by becoming a factory worker herself. This quest to give us the insider's view is what makes Conover's book all the more interesting and valuable, as it allows us to see guards and prisoners alike without the affectation that would taint the process if either side knew that they were being observed. 'Newjack' has gotten me hooked on Conover and I have since begun reading 'Coyotes' and can't put it down either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the most exciting read, but very insightful and interesting.