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Games Criminals Play: How You Can Profit by Knowing Them Hardcover – August 1, 1981

ISBN-13: 978-0960522606 ISBN-10: 0960522603 Edition: 1st

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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 (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading a few chapters, I purchased my own copy and I read the whole book in a couple of days.
Deacon Michael
This book has great information for those in the career field of corrections or anyone who works with criminals or inmates.
T C BROWN
This book has given me the ability to work with inmates in Prison, and to already know what "Games" they do and will play.
Female C/O

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132 of 139 people found the following review helpful By David Cantu on July 21, 2001
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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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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By George Grunwald on 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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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
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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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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By JD on October 17, 1999
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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1998
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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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T C BROWN on April 16, 2001
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Patterson on August 7, 2005
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As a criminal justice instructor and one who has worked years with correctional populations, I find this book invaluable. I am not aware of another book that covers the topic so thoroughly and accurately. I use it in my corrections classes and I frequently recommend it to those entering the field, especially if they come from a non-criminal justice discipline (such as medical, education, etc.) My only criticism, and the reason I rated it with only four stars, has to do with the book being somewhat dated and and a little weak in its organization. I would love to see it revised and expanded. Until that happens, however, I will continue to use and recommend it.
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