By Ted Conover
Acclaimed journalist Ted Conover units a brand new average for daring, in-depth reporting during this first-hand account of existence contained in the penal system.
When Conover’s request to shadow a recruit on the long island nation Corrections Officer Academy was once denied, he made up our minds to use for a task as a jail officer. So starts his odyssey at Sing Sing, as soon as a version legal yet now the state’s so much maximum-security facility. the results of his 12 months there's this awesome examine certainly one of America’s most threatening prisons, the place medications, gang wars, and intercourse are rampant, and the place the road among violator and violated is frequently uncertain. As sobering because it is suspenseful, Newjack is an integral contribution to the pressing debate approximately our country’s legal justice method, and a continually attention-grabbing read.
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All stood at rigid attention. As I made my way to the end, carefully skirting an officer chewing out a guy with a badly knotted tie, it dawned on me that I had reported to boot camp. ” the officer demanded of the young man. “Button the collar. No. I’ve changed my mind. ” The man got started but, without a mirror, apparently didn’t make much progress. A second officer, assigned to dog the recruits, walked up and laughed at him. The officers were like sharks, sniffing for blood. This first lesson of the Academy was immediately clear: Don’t stand out.
I too had managed an apartment complex, I could answer truthfully, and had also driven a cab. Peter DiPaola had worked as an accountant for a vending machine company. Matt Di Carlo, a Navy veteran and CO’s son, had run a gas station and, for the present, was still doing so on weekends. Diandre Dimmie was another former DFY guard; judging by his sharp suits, it made sense that he had also worked in a men’s clothing shop. Brian Eno was an intelligent, pear-shaped former emergency medical technician.
It’s the new guys, like me, who are at his mercy. Holmes is one of the tough black officers who have been here forever, a big man who seems to enjoy his distance from the rank and file. Several of his fellow white-shirts spoke to us during orientation, mostly about how the institution runs. Holmes was different. He came only to warn: Don’t fuck with me, he said, glancing at the back wall of the room. I’m gonna give you your job assignment, and if you complain, I’ll give you a worse one tomorrow.