Guarding Sing Sing
On Sale: June 13, 2001
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Acclaimed journalist Ted Conover sets a new standard for
bold, in-depth reporting in this first-hand account of life
inside the penal system.
When Conover’s request to shadow a recruit at the New York
State Corrections Officer Academy was denied, he decided to
apply for a job as a prison officer. So begins his odyssey
at Sing Sing, once a model prison but now the state’s most
troubled maximum-security facility. The result of his year
there is this remarkable look at one of America’s most
dangerous prisons, where drugs, gang wars, and sex are
rampant, and where the line between violator and violated is
often unclear. As sobering as it is suspenseful, Newjack is
an indispensable contribution to the urgent debate about our
country’s criminal justice system, and a consistently
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