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Jackson: The Rise and Fall of The World's Largest Walled Prison: A history and a memoir Paperback – July 27, 2014
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About the Author
Perry M. Johnson started his career in corrections as a counselor at Jackson Prison (SPSM) in 1955. He has served the prison as the Deputy Warden, Administrative Assistant to the Warden and Warden – before moving on to oversee all of Michigan's prisons and eventually becoming Director of the Department of Corrections. In 1977 he was the first recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the State given at the annual National Governors’ Conference. In his chosen field of corrections, he has served on the Board of Directors of The American Correctional Association, and as President of that Association, he helped develop standards for correctional institutions which have resulted in the upgrading of many of North America's prisons. His accomplishments were recognized by his peers by giving him the E.R. Cass Award, the highest honor in the profession.
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downloaded to my Paperwhite to read to my husband while traveling on vacation. We both really enjoyed reading it. I was born
in 1951 so my knowledge of 1900's Michigan history is lacking. This book tells about the beginning of Jackson Prison, why it was rebuilt,
the major workings on a daily basis, and its downfall. Mr Johnson is a very good writer. He includes the serious side of prison life, also
some humorous situations, the interwoven politics of the prison with state officials and some family experiences. This book is great for those who
like history, and those going into or in the criminal justice system. This book is well written and edited, with footnotes included. It is a great read!
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Shows a dark side of the Michigan prisons, and the reforms which leave the MDOC at a crossroads.