- 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: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.Read more ›
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Excellent book even for those outside the Correctional profession. It teaches you the inside out of the manipulative process. Read morePublished 1 month ago by book addict
This has been very insightful for me as I have taken a job recently in corrections. It was recommended reading and I'm very glad I got it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jan Fortelney