Corruption Officer

Corruption Officer Author Gary L. Heyward
ISBN-10 9781476794334
Year 2015-03-31
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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In this shocking memoir from a former corrections officer, Gary Heyward shares an eye-opening, gritty, and devastating account of his descent into criminal life, smuggling contraband inside the infamous Rikers Island jails. Gary Heyward’s life changed forever when he received a letter from the New York City Department of Corrections announcing he was accepted into the academy for new recruits. For the Harlem-born ex-Marine, being an officer of the law was the ticket he’d been waiting for to move up from a low-wage security job and out of the Polo Ground Projects in New York City—and take his mother with him. Heyward was warned of the temptations he’d encounter as a new officer, but when faced with financial hardship, he suddenly found himself unable to resist the income generated from selling contraband to inmates. In his distinctive voice, Heyward takes you on a journey inside the walls of Rikers Island, showing how he teamed up with various inmates and other officers to develop a system that allowed him to profit from selling drugs inside the jail. Corruption Officer is a jarring exposé of a man having lived on both sides of the law, a rare insider’s look at a corrupt city jail, and a testament to the lengths we’ll go when our backs are against the wall.

Corruption Officer

Corruption Officer Author Gary L. Heyward
ISBN-10 9781476794327
Year 2015-03-31
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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An ex-Marine turned corrections officer at New York's Riker's Island describes in gritty detail how his life on one side of the law led him into a life on the other, smuggling drugs and other contraband inside the jail for a large profit. Original.

From Jailer to Jailed

From Jailer to Jailed Author Bernard B. Kerik
ISBN-10 9781476783710
Year 2016-01-12
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Bernard Kerik was New York City's police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks, who became an American hero as he led the NYPD through rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center. His résumé as a public servant is long and storied, and includes honors from President Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, and the NYPD's Medal for Valor for saving his partner in a gun battle. In 2004, Kerik was nominated by President George W. Bush to head the US Department of Homeland Security. Now, he is a former Federal Prison Inmate known as #84888-054. Convicted of tax fraud and false statements in 2007, Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison. Now for the first time, in this hard-hitting, raw and oftentimes politically incorrect memoir, he talks candidly about his time on the inside: the torture of solitary confinement, the abuse of power, the mental and physical torment of being locked up in a cage, the powerlessness. With his newfound perspective, Kerik makes a plea for change and illuminates why our punishment system doesn't always fit the crime.

Newjack

Newjack Author Ted Conover
ISBN-10 9781448116089
Year 2011-09-30
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Random House
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After he was denied access to report on Sing Sing, one of America's most notorious high security jails, journalist Ted Conover applied to become a prison guard. As a rookie officer, or 'newjack', Conover spent a year in the unpredictable, intimidating and often violent world of America's penal system. Unarmed and outnumbered, prison officers at one of America's toughest maximum security jails supervise 1,800 inmates, most of whom have been convicted of violent felonies: murder, manslaughter, rape. Prisoners conceal makeshift weapons to settle gang rivalries or old grudges, and officers are often attacked or caught in the crossfire. When violence flares up in the galleries or yard an officer's day can go from mundane to terrifying in a heartbeat. Conover is an acclaimed journalist, known for immersing himself completely in a situation in order to write about it. With remarkable insight, Newjack takes the reader as close to experiencing life in an American prison as any of us would ever want to get. It's a thrillingly told account of how the gruelling world of the prison system brutalizes all who enter it - prison guards and prisoners alike.

Once a Cop

Once a Cop Author Corey Pegues
ISBN-10 9781501110511
Year 2016-05-24
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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New York City Book Awards Hornblower Award Winner African American Literary Award Winner for Best Biography/Memoir As a youth, Corey Pegues was a criminal. As an adult, he became a high-ranking police officer. In this fascinating look at life on both sides of the law, Corey Pegues opens up about why he joined the New York Police Department after years as a drug dealer. Pegues speaks honestly about the poor choices he made while coming of age in New York City during the height of the crack epidemic. He’s equally candid about why he turned his life around, and takes you inside the NYPD, where he becomes a decorated officer despite bureaucratic pitfalls and discriminatory practices. Written with the voice and panache of someone who knows the streets, Once a Cop is a credible and informative look at the forces that lead some into a life of crime and what it means to make good on a second chance.

Doing Time Eight Hours a Day

Doing Time Eight Hours a Day Author James R. Palmer
ISBN-10 9781491711972
Year 2013-10
Pages 106
Language en
Publisher iUniverse
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Correctional officers face danger every time they go to work, and the public rarely appreciates the job that they do. Author James R. Palmer worked many years at the Kentucky Department of Corrections, spending seven of them with the solitary confinement unit. In this memoir, he looks back at his career and shares what it's really like working in prison. For example, inmates aren't afraid to use sharp objects to hurt officers, who--just like the inmates--often find themselves behind locked doors. Correctional officers also face constant exposure to diseases and infections, as well as constant stress that can upset family life and make sleep nearly impossible. While some people might say, "If it's that bad, then quit," correctional officers stay on the job for a variety of reasons, including a desire to serve and protect the public. Doing Time Eight Hours a Day shares one man's firsthand experiences of what it's like to be a correctional officer and rub elbows with some of the most dangerous men and women alive.

Rikers High

Rikers High Author Paul Volponi
ISBN-10 9781101185124
Year 2010-02-04
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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It started out as an innocent day for Martin, but it quickly turned into his worst nightmare-arrested for something he didn't even mean to do. And five months later, he is still locked up in jail on Rikers Island. Just when things couldn't get worse, Martin gets caught in a fight between two prisoners, and his face is slashed. He's scarred forever, but one good thing comes from the attack-Martin is transferred to a part of Rikers where inmates must attend high school. When he meets his caring and understanding teacher, will Martin open up and learn from his situation? Or will he be consumed by prison and getting revenge on his attackers?

Inside Rikers

Inside Rikers Author Jennifer Wynn
ISBN-10 9781429937603
Year 2002-07-24
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher St. Martin's Press
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Rikers Island--just six miles from the Empire State Building--is one of the largest, most complex and most expensive penal institutions in the world, yet most New Yorkers couldn't find it on a map. Jennifer Wynn, the director of the Fresh Start program at Rikers, takes readers into the jails and then back out-to the communities where her students were born and raised. She chronicles their journeys as they struggle to "go straight" and find respect in a city that fears and rejects them. Part memoir, part social commentary, Inside Rikers details the author's experiences on Rikers. Wynn offers a compelling portrait of its 18,000 inmates and how Rikers was transformed from one of the most violent jails into one of the safest.

Inside the Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island

Inside the Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island Author Robin Miller
ISBN-10 0692731946
Year 2016-06-06
Pages 218
Language en
Publisher Robin K Miller
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Part of Robin K Miller is still locked up inside Rikers Island, along with the spirit of her deceased sister. The current upheavals and violence taking place in and around the infamous Island are also taking place inside Robin's tortured heart. A correction guard at Rikers Island for 20 years, Robin's story is not merely a bold and brave expose of what really happens "behind closed doors," it is the deeply intimate and wrenching odyssey of a woman who has survived the un-survivable, and who is committed to sharing her truth. Her story is the ultimate triumph over darkness and corruption. The other story is that of an institution riddled with decay and corruption. Together theirs form a strident call to action for the entire American penal system.

23 7

23 7 Author Keramet Reiter
ISBN-10 9780300211467
Year 2016-10-31
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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How America's prisons turned a "brutal and inhumane" practice into standard procedure Originally meant to be brief and exceptional, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has become long-term and common. Prisoners spend twenty-three hours a day in featureless cells, with no visitors or human contact for years on end, and they are held entirely at administrators' discretion. Keramet Reiter tells the history of one "supermax," California's Pelican Bay State Prison, whose extreme conditions recently sparked a statewide hunger strike by 30,000 prisoners. This book describes how Pelican Bay was created without legislative oversight, in fearful response to 1970s radicals; how easily prisoners slip into solitary; and the mental havoc and social costs of years and decades in isolation. The product of fifteen years of research in and about prisons, this book provides essential background to a subject now drawing national attention.

Inside

Inside Author Michael G. Santos
ISBN-10 0312343507
Year 2007-06-26
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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Shares the stories of the author's fellow prisoners from gang leaders to Wall Street criminals, discussing the choices that led to their convictions and their experiences of life behind bars.

The Lost Son

The Lost Son Author Bernard B. Kerik
ISBN-10 9780060508821
Year 2002-09-03
Pages 389
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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Details the life of the 40th Police Commissioner of New York City as he fights injustice and works to solve the mystery of his mother, who abandoned him decades earlier, and discusses the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Fish

Fish Author T. J. Parsell
ISBN-10 9780786733019
Year 2009-04-27
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Da Capo Press
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When seventeen-year-old T. J. Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison. The first night of his term, four older inmates drugged Parsell and took turns raping him. When they were through, they flipped a coin to decide who would "own" him. Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among inmates (one in which informers are murdered), Parsell's experience that first night haunted him throughout the rest of his sentence. In an effort to silence the guilt and pain of its victims, the issue of prisoner rape is a story that has not been told. For the first time Parsell, one of America's leading spokespeople for prison reform, shares the story of his coming of age behind bars. He gives voice to countless others who have been exposed to an incarceration system that turns a blind eye to the abuse of the prisoners in its charge. Since life behind bars is so often exploited by television and movie re-enactments, the real story has yet to be told. Fish is the first breakout story to do that.

Vice

Vice Author Sgt. John R. Baker
ISBN-10 1429989777
Year 2011-01-18
Pages 432
Language en
Publisher St. Martin's Press
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9 square miles. 10,000 criminals. 130 cops. A riveting memoir by Baker, California's most-decorated police officer Compton: the most violent and crime-ridden city in America. What had been a semi-rural suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s became a battleground for the Black Panthers and Malcolm X Foundation, the home of the Crips and Bloods and the first Hispanic gangs, and the cradle of gangster rap. At the center of it, trying to maintain order was the Compton Police Department, never more than 130-strong, and facing an army of criminals that numbered over 10,000. At any given time, fully one-tenth of Compton's population was in prison, yet this tidal wave of crime was held back by the thinnest line of the law—the Compton Police. John R. Baker was raised in Compton, eventually becoming the city's most decorated officer involved in some of its most notorious, horrifying and scandalous criminal cases. Baker's account of Compton from 1950 to 2001 is one of the most powerful and compelling cop memoirs ever written—an intensely human account of sacrifice and public service, and the price the men and women of the Compton Police Department paid to preserve their city.