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You Are Going To Prison 1st Edition
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As a note of caution, much as I would have liked to use this as a text in my high school teaching days, I probably wouldn't have gotten it past my department heads, as it does depict very graphically what awaits the prison newbie as he (no focus on women's prison here) wends his way through the prison system. It's none too jolly, trust me. Hogshire definitely "tells it like it is," and holds nothing back. HBO prison shows don't show the half of it. For the real, unadulterated deal, trust this author.
Even if you're not planning on a prison junket anytime soon, I recommend this short book as a fascinating read. It may trun your head (or at least your stomach) about the continuing sorry state of affairs in our nation's prison system.
The book is insightful not only for the prisoner, but for those who love him or who just want to understand the world in which he exists. Hogshire is not a preacher who will tell you that crime does not pay: he freely admits that you are better off simply not being caught and provides a few pointers for minimizing the risk of being passed from the streets to the prison should you be arrested, detained in the county jail, and tried. Even following his book to the letter, he further admits, you may find yourself inexorbably shuttled through the judicial process to that most horrible of places, the modern prison.
At each step along the way he discusses the legal and personal risks that a convict must face including physical violence, boredom, cravings for drugs, lonliness, and self defense. Sometimes he injects his darkly funny observations about what people try to accomplish with prison and what actually happens there. (See, for example, his comments about the likelihood of prison rapists getting "some of their own medicine".) I don't think this guide is just for prisoners or their families.Read more ›
Anyway, the book itself is just what it claims to be. A guidebook for what to reasonably expect if you should happen to find yourself confined to prison. It doesn't paint a pretty picture but will be found fascinating by anyone with an interest in criminal behavior, law enforcement, or anyone whose just curious about aspects of life they'll probably never actually get a chance to experience. It is true that Hogshire isn't a huge fan of law enforcement authorities but at the same time, that shouldn't be taken to mean that he in any way glorifies criminals or prison life.
I've read that this book has become dated since its original release. That wouldn't surprise me. With outside society growing grimmer by the minute, one can only guess what must be going on in America's prisons. Still, even if dated, this is a harrowing (if at times strangely humorous -- Hogshire has a corrosive wit that will be appreciated by anyone with a bit of the cynic inside of them) look at a place none of us ever want to end up.
Hogshire takes you on a journey through our justice and criminal system from the "flashing blue lights" all the way to the electric chair. Remember the "Scared Straight" program back in the 1970s? Well this book should be required reading for all juvenile offenders - if this book doesn't set them on the right path, nothing will.
One thing that disturbed me about this book was that Hogshire seems to lean too heavily in the favor of the criminals. Such as telling us where we can buy handcuff keys for example, or how to hide evidence. But even more disturbing is the growing power that we citizens have yielded to the government. For example, police can now seize property and initiate investigations based on anonymous tips alone and can apparently manufacture evidence against you very easily should you do so much as sass certain police officers at a routine traffic stop. There are few saints on either side here.
Even if you plan on being a law-abiding citizen your entire life, you should still read this book and be aware of how easy it is for anybody to fall into the "machine."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book telling you what is going on from beginning to end of ones criminal career. I believe it's written by a collaboration of 4 former prisoners.Published 6 months ago by Monkee Sue
10/14: It's hard to say how much of the information in You Are Going to Prison is true or not because some of it seems too familiar from... Read more
When I was inspired to write a person incarcerated, I decided I should do some background reading. This book was excellent in helping me understand the pressures, and real... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Joe Weaver
As the author of the book points out, a person may truly be innocent of committing a crime and yet be in jail because of unfairness and injustices in the legal system. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by William
Fun reading. Good place not to go. Worked in the justice system for 5 years, so I know. A real page turnerPublished on September 19, 2013 by Dan H. Gulley
Hoping this book helps a friend to survive a wrongful incarceration, partly the consequence of bad attorneys and of an incomplete and sloppy police investigation.Published on May 10, 2013 by Thomas O'Neill
borrowed book from someone and when i needed to return it my parrot had torn up the book. needed a decent copy to returnPublished on February 22, 2013 by Laurel Viera