Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Conover's Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing is an excellent account about a year spent as a corrections officer in the New York State prison.

The journalist went undercover, and was trained and employed like any other CO. His story highlights the dehumanizing effects of prison on everyone: the inmates, the officers, the officers' families, the inmates' families, and, by extension, entire low income communities.

Observations and descriptions are excellent and the story is told with a lot of heart.

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