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- Publisher: Lockdown Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: May 31, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0087PIV7E
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Underdog: A Definitive History of Pelican Bay State Prison's Super Max (Prison Killers - Book 4) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Annette said, "Honey I know you were probably in over a hundred different cages like the ones these dogs are in but you made it. Having lived through it, what would you say are the most important things that need to happen to help other prisoners make the change into good role models?" That was the million dollar question, but actually, how can you put a price on a human being..? I thought about how I turned it around. My Spiritual connection to God started it by realizing that even if nobody else in the world loved me, God did. If everyone else accused me, God forgave me. Back then, sitting in a cell for the umpteenth time feeling this wisdom wash over me, I focused on finding a way to turn everything I'd been through into a blessing. I smiled at my wife and answered, "The first thing is love. It's just like with these dogs, if you love them they will be the most loyal friends you could ever have. The next stage is direction. The prisoners need a way to put all their energy in a positive direction. The next vitally important step is faith. Once the prisoners or released prisoners see that other people believe in them, that they too can benefit the community, find employment, have a family and fit in, they will start believing a life in a fruitful direction is possible. When all this happens, hope opens up new doors. The reason 7 out of 10 released California prisoners return back to prison within three years is because they have no hope."
Langohr, Glenn (2012-09-18). UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Corruption and Abuse (Prison Killers- Book 4) (Kindle Locations 122-129). LOCKDOWNPUBLISHING. Kindle Edition.
The one message that came from this story, the one that grabs you and demands attention. Hope!
We all need it. Thanks for reminding us this again.
Back to our story about a prison in California... This huge prison was built in a small town. Because of the jobs the prison provided, this formerly poor town began to prosper. The prisoners were treated inhumanely by the prison guards; as a result, many prisoners rebelled and were put in a different area of the prison. In effect, prisoners were staying in prison longer than their original sentences; how's that for job security (for the guards)? The attempts to improve the prison were not as successful as how the animal shelter had been improved. The prisoners went on a hunger strike, but that didn't seem to help. The author had sent mail to people in the prison; much of the mail never got to the intended recipients.
This book was gifted to me, but knowing what I know now, it's well worth 99 cents (even $2.99). This book might make you angry, like it did me, but as a result, I am a better-informed person on this subject.
On the whole, it was a good read and you are on the edge of something. Yes, the harsh conditions of prison only get harsher. I don't really blame prison for that. I believe it's our nature. One part of the book bothered me, and that was the end. In the end you made a case as prison being a big money maker. Ah, my friend, no. It is a huge drain on state expenses. It's a drain on families and every angle you look at it. I don't know what the answers to justice questions are, but I do know our prison system is a costly avenue. Prison is like a destination; we know how people get in, but we haven't the foggiest idea of the route out.
If we could heal the drug problems people have, there won't be nearly as much crime.
`Underdog' was well written and very informative. It also held your attention very well because it was very intriguing and written brilliantly.
Glenn knows what he's talking about from first-hand experience and it shows in his writing. There is a certain flair in the writing of a book if the writer truly experiences it. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more from Glenn Langohr and see what other stories he has to tell!