Respect the ones who came before you. Read this book.
The book is different from many books being written. It is not fiction. It is not a personal biography although personal events are placed in the book. It tells things that society would rather not acknowledge. It is also the personal struggle of one woman who loved the field of criminal justice and wanted to promote as far as possible. The book is not the end of the story of the author. She continued a part time career as a probation officer for ten years until the new boss (white, male police officer) was put in charge. This author filed an age discrimination suit and lost but should have filed sexual harassment because she had more experience than he, and because of that she was treated badly. He has been charged with a misdemeanor for stalking his ex-wife's boyfriend using state equipment but will get off completely.
No one should retire if they are able to work. It is mentally and physically a strain on the person. Do the things you love. Volunteer. The author is now volunteering with a community service agency and a police department in their Fraud Division. This is still not what she wants. Volunteers are not the same as paid. This author wants a job in her field but knows she is now too old for consideration.
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About the Author
The author developed a passion for this career soon after she started in corrections. She made choices which helped her rise through the ranks in a male-dominated work environment. She did eventually hit the glass ceiling. She is still struggling with retirement and the loss of her career.
The author is a one time writer. She wanted to tell her story so society would realize the struggles of women in non-traditional fields. She also wanted to validate her accomplishments in a world where people are quickly forgotten. Her love for corrections and criminal justice caused her to write a story which was different from many books being published.
The author has devoted much of her life to the field but also is a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loves to listen and dance to good music especially 70's funk. The beach including good musical performances is her passion in the summer in Virginia. The author is also a yard sale addict. She also loves consignment stores and finding unusual things or bargains. She is an ordinary woman who has worked in a world many people will never know. She loves telling the stories with other corrections workers and her family. Her family is her greatest blessing among many other blessings from God. She is now not content with retirement and longs to be back in the field.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An interesting book written by the first female corrections officer in the state of Mo. I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of humor it contained considering the subject. I hope someone doing research on the plight that women face obtaining equitable compensation and recognition for their contribution to society stumbles across this as another concrete example supporting the statistics.
What a remarkable story that needed to be told! An easy read yet full of remarkable experiences of Jo Ann Mertens.A great book for book groups.