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Games Criminals Play: How You Can Profit by Knowing Them [Hardcover]

by Bud Allen, Diana Bosta
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August 1981 0960522603 978-0960522606 1
Games Criminals Play

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Rae John Pub Co; 1 edition (August 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960522603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960522606
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
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I've been in the Jail bussiness now since 1996, and I can tell you that a read of this book will instantly give you a years expereince or better in the corrections proffession. It includes all the "tricks" that inmates and criminals use to "get one over on you" Since these people have nothing to do all day but dream up new crimes and manipulation techniques, the knowledge this book will impart will allow one to "see them coming a mile away". Reading this book will enhance ones safety both in the corrections environment and on the street.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Games Criminals Play is a very easy to read, straight-forward account of the manipulations inmates are so skilled in often as a means of survival, and how easily susceptible the correctional employee can be. Accounts given demonstrate how easily the manipulations can begin; how difficult they can be to terminate, and how to proactively and professionally ward off the inmates' manipulative games. The book would serve anyone new to the corrections environment very well.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars where good, excellent; where bad, awful March 30, 2012
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This book is valuable for anyone thinking of working in a prison. It offers two significant benefits.

ONE: it articulates, in great detail, the risk of becoming a victim of manipulation by prisoners. It shows how to avoid this danger.

TWO: Reading the book is an exercise in sorting out correctional staff's practice wisdom from their punitive fear mongering.

ONE: when members of the public think of the risks of working in prison, they imagine physical violence. In my experience, more correctional employees are manipulated into breaking rules and violating laws than suffer physical attacks. As best I can tell, more employees are "walked off," than are beaten or stabbed. The risks of physical injury or death are real, but can be mitigated by simple precautions. Preventing manipulation requires much more subtle work. This book does a solid job of showing how crooks do it, and how employees can immunize themselves to this risk.

Victimizers target potential victims by observing appearance and body language. They look for staffers whose dress and grooming betray discomfort in their own skin. They look for employees who are unhappy, frustrated, resentful, fearful. To check out these initial impressions, they test for willingness to let minor rules violations slide and to permit petty breaches of personal boundaries; using first names, brushing against the employee, floating sexual innuendos.

If the employee does not put a stop to these probes, the grooming begins in earnest. The staffer's unmet emotional needs are addressed. The employee with low self esteem is flattered. The victimizer lets him know how fascinating and wise the staffer is. The resentful employee is assured that management does not appreciate him the way the prisoner does.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival manual for those working in the system. October 17, 1999
This book should be a MUST READ before anyone is allowed to work behind the doors of any Correctional Institution, whether it be a County Jail or State Prison. This book could save your life and career. Easy reading, but filled with valuable information.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone in corrections! April 16, 2001
This book has great information for those in the career field of corrections or anyone who works with criminals or inmates. Some of the information covers the psychological reasons and steps. If nothing else read the scenarios of actual cases. It will definitely make you look closer at your own actions as well as those of the offenders. Learn not to get burned. Read this book!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Games Criminals Play July 19, 2004
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As a newly hired correctional officer, not guard! I read this book from cover to cover and highly recommend it to anyone who works with any kind of convicted criminal on a daily basis. I work in a maximum security prison and in the first 5 weeks on the job have had every con and game mentioned in the book played on me. I did not realize that I was being setup until after I read the book which documents each step the inmates will do to turn you. While reading the book and going through the steps I was like "Oh my god I am on step 3!" The next day I put a stop to the games and most likely saved my career. Read the book if you are a correction officer!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I think that this book should be an annual training requirement for EVERY correctional employee! It reminds us that even a 'veteran' can be manipulated, and or set up by convitcts. The game never changes, Only the players!
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative But Not Without An Agenda July 28, 2009
By David
This book is a must read for anyone considering a career in corrections. It helped me understand the unspoken rules in correctional environments and to better see how inmates manipulate. The rules of professionalism help with the initial interactions a new CO will have with inmates and the overall theme of the book helped me to understand that everything that happens in prison is part of a psychological game. Whether inmates are threatening you, trying to befriend you, or ignore you they are ultimately trying to control you by your emotions. This book explains all of those aspects in perfect detail.

This book is written with an academic approach to criminal justice and as such takes the approach of someone who has clearly never worked in an entry level correctional officer position. There is a trend in criminal justice academia that adheres to the idea that "criminals really want to change, but they need you to be fair firm and consistent in order to do so." This may be true for some, but overall I would say that it is an idealistic falsehood. Criminals by and large do not have any desire to change. There are some who do and they deserve the utmost help, but on the whole I would say that this is a myth. The purpose of this theory is really to enable prison management to blame their staff for anything that goes wrong. It naturally follows, after all, that if criminals really want to change and they need your help to do so, but they can't, then it is your fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory for anyone working in any capacity in direct...
I'd read excerpts from this book when first started in corrections 18 years ago during grad school. Now I'm in charge of the psychology department at a male state prison, and I... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Hugh A. Forde
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
working in corrections, this book was recommended as a read, I was glad I did read it and have passed it along to nuggets just starting out
Published 1 month ago by Hugo Stiglitz
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of words for a simple concept
Inmates game everyone all the time. By getting you to perform minor infractions, they then pressure you to perform bigger ones, until they own you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pegr
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone working in DOC needs to read this!
I stand by what my title says. Anyone working with criminals or in a corrections enviroment needs to read this book! Awesome read and very insightful.
Published 1 month ago by Ophemria
5.0 out of 5 stars Forewarned is Forearmed
I am a longterm volunteer in Texas prisons. And I do believe that volunteers can make a difference in offenders' lives as they anticipate returning to the free world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. A. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Correctional PSYCH
This is a great book. I enjoy the structure and the content. The book was also in very good condition..
Published 1 month ago by Averbakh01
4.0 out of 5 stars Required reading.....
Required reading at the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Correctional Officer's Academy in Galt, Ca. Should be required reading in other places as well.
Published 1 month ago by jams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have
If you plan to work around criminals or their families, this book is a must have. Anything less will put you at a disadvantage.
Published 2 months ago by Mooders
4.0 out of 5 stars If your clients are convicts then you ought to read this.
It is essential reading for those who work with persons convicted of serious to moderate crimes. Especially given the fact that some 35% of the prison population meet all of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard D. Stanton, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Easy to understand. Good information for any CO worker or any person who wants to be alert at any aspect.
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn I. Franco Morales
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