One Woman, Three Prisons: The Rise Within the Ranks June 1966 -June 2000

One Woman, Three Prisons: The Rise Within the Ranks June 1966 -June 2000

by Jo Ann M. Mertens


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480230620
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2013
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

No category is right for this book. This is a work biography in the criminal justice field. The author was raised in a rural community in Missouri. She entered the criminal justice field (non-traditional) because she was a single mother, She could not raise her son working the traditional jobs for women. She did not want any assistance from the government. She started this career with less than adequate education by today's standards and excelled. She attended a historically black college on a LEEP grant for law enforcement.

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.

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One Woman, Three Prisons: The Rise Within the Ranks June 1966 -June 2000 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.