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  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:27 am on September 18, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , FEDERAL prison, Felony, , Penology, Prison, Shawshank, Surviving Prison,   

    Prison For Dummies 

    dmierkin posted a link to a dictionary of US prison slang. Well, I thought. There must be some books geared toward people who are going to prison, right? And surely there are. There is a somewhat outdated You Are Going to Prison
    the ever popular DownTime : A Guide to Federal Incarceration, and informative Behind Bars: Surviving Prison.

    What’s the audience for these books? Corrections officers, criminology students, and even some convicted felons. And me, I guess.

    From an excerpt from a review:

    I am on the way to FEDERAL prison and thought that this book would be helpful. Instead I found the book to concentrate on MAXIMUM security prisons. More akin to the Shawshank Redemption than information about what white-collar types will experience. […] White collar types will find that book much more helpful. […]

    I half expected a “For Dummies®” title to be available, but alas. Either they won’t touch such a topic, or they just did not think of it yet.

    If I had more room for books, I’d probably collect the entire “For Dummies®” series. They have fine titles like “Judaism For Dummies®”, AOLTVâ„¢ For Dummies® and Sex For Dummies®, 2nd Edition. Some books are pretty interesting, some are funny and some will become rarities. Gotta research them some more. There must be a lot of interesting trivia about “Dummies®”, like what was their first book, how they became so successful, etc.

    Hmm, they started in 1991, and “Dos for Dummies®” was the first book. Interesting.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:40 am on August 3, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: correction officer, , , , , Penology, Prison officer   

    The Boldest 

    Ok, so last morning I was sitting in my window office. The guy next to me opened an exam preparation book and started reading. He was studying to become a member of New York’s Boldest. One of the questions caught my eye:

    What is the most important quality in a corrections officer:

    a) Physical strength
    b) Not being afraid of anything
    c) Quick reaction time
    d) Intelligence

    and another one:

    What should the correction officer’s attitude towards inmates be?

    a) Suspicious
    b) Fraternal
    c) Impartial
    d) Indifferent

    The official correct answers are probably d and c, but I think it’s actually c and a in real life.

    Here is what I found on the Net:

    Preview a typical Correction Officer training program.
    -Interpersonal Communication
    -Hostage Survival
    -Special Inmates
    -Objective Observation and Report Writing
    -Security Skills
    -Transportation of Inmates
    -Fire Prevention
    -Crime Scene Preservation

    I bet this sort of training is even more relevant in corporate culture. Just replace “inmates” with “coworkers”.
    I think there is a decent store of psych warfare knowledge in these training books, I should get some for my library.

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